The Cougar Creek Fire grew to about 35,000 acres on August 25, 2015 and has burned on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, the Yakama Indian Nation, and private lands. Updates on the fire are available here.
The Alder Lake Fire was ignited by lightening and first reported on August 11, 2015. It is located on the south side of Alder Lake near Elbe, Washington and has spread onto WA DNR and Tacoma Public Utilities land to the north and east.
The Cougar Creek Fire spread into Mount Adams Ranger District from the east. Forest Roads 80 and 82 are both closed at the forest boundary. The South Climb Route and Mount Adams Summit are closed, as is the Mount Adams Wilderness. The Pacific Crest Trail is closed through the Mount Adams Wilderness.
As part of a larger effort to reduce invasive species on national forest lands the US Forest Service now requires the use of weed-free feed within all Pacific Northwest National Forest land (2009). Weed-free feed includes commercially processed pellets, steamed and rolled grains, or state certified weed-free feed. More information.
Skamania Co. Public Works will paint two bridges along the Wind River Highway: Conrad Lundy Jr. Bridge, 2 miles North of Carson & Moore Bridge @ M.P. 15. Lundy Jr. Bridge is scheduled March through late fall 2015. Moore Bridge will start July 2015 and end by Aug. 2015. Both projects require single lane traffic & reduced speed in construction zones with signals/ signage at both ends of the bridges.
A paving & safety improvement project will be conducted on Wind River Rd between Paradise Bridge M.P. 20.52 and Old Man Pass M.P. 25.50. Construction flagging & a pilot car will lead traffic through the area. The project area will include 5 miles of roadway resurfacing & guardrail projects. The county will pave the road in two mile sections. Access to Paradise Campgrounds will be closed for about two hours when this happens until the asphalt mat cools. The county expects to be completed paving by the end of July.
Forest Service roads remain open to legally-licensed vehicles operable on all roads in the State of Washington. ATVs do not fit this definition and must remain on designated trails and in areas specifically designated for their use in the Motor Vehicle Use Map or MVUM, which is available free at all forest offices and online at http://1.usa.gov/I4ZIDK.
All Forest Service roads closed by one foot of snow to wheeled-vehicle travel are open to over-snow vehicle use, though seasonal motorized access closures and other forest order closures do apply.