East Crater Fire & Bear Creek Fire Update (090617)

Release Date: Sep 7, 2017  

East Crater Fire: 

Fire activity continues to be minimal due to smoke shading the fire and forming a cap on the fire area. On Wednesday, Mt Adams Ranger District personnel hiked around the fire and mapped the fire perimeter. Current fire size is estimated at 467-acres. The fire has been burning in the Indian Heaven Wilderness since September 3rd

FIRE CLOSURES: Hikers are advised that the Indian Heaven Wilderness and a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail are closed due to the fire. Campsites around the Indian Heaven Wilderness are also closed. For details visit:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/giffordpinchot/alerts-notices


Bear Creek Fire:

On Wednesday, crews continued to make good progress on line construction with assistance from helicopter water drops provided by a Washington DNR Type 2 helicopter. The water drops have helped check fire spread from burning materials rolling down steep slopes and minimize spotting by cooling down flare ups and hot spots. Fire growth on Wednesday was estimated at 6-acres with a total estimated fire size of 30-acres. The Bear Creek Fire is burning in steep terrain three miles northeast of Carson, Washington. Significant work remains to be done to line and secure the fire. The Bear Creek Watershed continues to be a top priority for Mount Adams Ranger District personnel due to the values at risk and its importance as a water supply for the community of Carson.