New fire causes closure of Indian Heaven Wilderness on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Release Date: Sep 4, 2017  

A new fire, named the East Crater Fire, was reported in the Indian Heaven Wilderness on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The approximately 1000-acre fire is located 12 miles west Trout Lake.

Forest staff evacuated the Pacific Crest Trail and other trails in the area and swept affected campgrounds to ensure all people were safely out of harm’s way. The Gifford Pinchot National Forest has implemented an emergency closure for public safety that includes the following:

  • All of the Indian Heaven Wilderness and west to the 65 Road (65 road itself open) and the 30 Road, extending north to the 30 Road intersection with the 24 Road.
  • The 24 Road and all campgrounds accessed by the 24 Road, from the 30 Road to the 6020 Road.
  • Eastern border: from the 24 road south along the 6020 and then the 6030 road to its junction with the 6035.
  • Southern border: Indian Heaven wilderness and the 60 road.
  • Goose Lake campground remains open.
  • The Pacific Crest Trail is closed between forest road 60, near Crest Horse Camp north to Surprise Lakes.

More information on this closure can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/giffordpinchot/alerts-notices

The cause of the East Crater Fire remains under investigation. With the current hot weather, vegetation is extremely dry and will ignite quickly. The U.S. Forest Service would like to remind the public to use caution, and recognize that any spark can cause a wildfire. Please know before you go what fire restrictions are in place, and plan on using an alternate fuel source for cooking, such as a backpacking stove or propane burner.

For updated information on the East Crater Fire, visit the incident’s Inciweb page: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5589 

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