Fire Overview

To report a wildfire at Gifford Pinchot National Forest call Columbia Dispatch at (360) 891-5140. Outside of dispatch hours call 911.

Active Fires

No active fires at Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

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Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL)


Zone 659-S: IFPL Level I (effective 9/20 at 12:01am)

Zone 660: IFPL Level I (effective 9/20 at 12:01am)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest Fire Zone Map

IFPL I = Fire precaution requirements are in effect. A Fire Watch/Security is required at this and all higher levels unless otherwise waived.

Fire Danger Rating

11/24/2021:  Low Fire Danger

Fire Danger Low

Ever wonder about how fire danger levels and restrictions decisions are made?  During spring, summer, and fall, fire staff talk regularly to assess the risk of fires on the forest. 

Using the National Fire Danger Rating System, with forecasts from the National Weather Service and the National Interagency Coordination Center, fire staff take into account short- and long-term weather, fuel types (grasses, brush, timber, snags, etc), elevation, and fuels moisture.  If conditions warrant it, the forest may implement restrictions on campfires or commercial activity on the forest.

Local Emergency Management Contact Information

For local details in case of emergency, such as fire evacuation information & related closures please consult with local sheriff and county emergency management services.

Columbia Dispatch

Columbia Cascade Communication Center (WA-CCC) provides dispatching and logistical support for emergency management on lands administered by the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mt. Hood National Forest, and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.  

Dispatch organization is responsible for reporting, tracking, and processing orders for aircraft, equipment, overhead, crews and supplies needed to support incidents in or outside of the local area. Columbia Cascade also provides intelligence and predictive services-related products to support wildland fire mangers and firefighters in the region. 

Big Hollow Fire Response & Recovery

A trail sign in a burned out forest road and burned tree trunks.The Big Hollow Fire started on Tuesday September 8, 2020 approx. 04:30 AM, 15 miles NW of Carson Washington and 7 miles SE of Cougar Washington within Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The fire burned 24,147 acres on national forest land and 847 acres on Washington state land. The fire was contained on Tuesday October 20th, 2020 approx. 10:00 AM.

Learn more about our response to Big Hollow Fire.

Fire Hire

A forester working at a prairie burn. Fire is an important tool for ecosystem management.Are you interested in joining the wildfire team? Fire Hire is usually in August for permanent positions in wildfire and dispatch.  View information about fire employment.