South Point Fire:
Fire crews completed a 150 acre burn-out on Wed. Oct. 10 along FR 2115 to contain the fire’s spread and keep it from reaching Johnson Creek. After the burn-out operations, the fire is around 450 acres. The Helitanker worked the fire throughout the day concentrating on the north flank, but also worked the west side of South Point Ridge. The two hand-crews will work the fire today along FR 2115 to ensure the edge is secure. The Helitanker will also work the fire delivering water to areas not safe to put fire crews. If all goes as planned today FR 21 will be opened on Friday Oct. 12 for the weekend, but FR 2115 will remained closed.
Cascade Creek Fire:
There was again no significant growth in acreage on this fire yesterday. Fire behavior consists of scattered smoke and smoldering ground fires. Containment remains at 75 percent. There is some remaining uncontrolled fire edge in the west and north of the fire area, but little to no fire spread is expected. As demobilization activities continue, total personnel assigned to the fire are now 193.
Forest Road 21 from US 12 to and including FR 2130 and spurs
South Point Lookout Trail #123
The Mt. Adams Wilderness remains closed along with the adjacent national forest areas north of the forest border, west of the Yakima Reservation, east of FR 23/2329 and south of FR 5603.
A complete closure description is found in the closure order on the forest Website here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5391943.pdf
Please also remember there is a campfire closure order still in place on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Campfires are not allowed outside of established campgrounds with Forest Service provided fire-rings. Learn more here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/giffordpinchot/alerts-notices/?aid=14539
Only dispose of lit smoking materials, such as cigarettes in the ashtray or a cup of water so that they will not ignite another source and cause a wildfire.
As you begin to prepare your home for the winter, remember to remove the pine needles and leaves from your gutters and roof. Not only will it allow for unobstructed rain drainage, but it will also help Firewise your home for next year’s fire season.
The Pacific Northwest Wildland Fire Prevention Team is reaching out to potential cooperators such as: local vendors, organizations, media, schools and cooperating government agencies to promote the idea of wildfire prevention.
Pacific Northwest Wildland Fire Prevention Team