East Crater Fire & Bear Creek Fire (090717) Evening Update

Release Date: Sep 8, 2017  

East Crater Fire:

Fire growth was minimal with active burning within the fire perimeter in some areas and minimal fire activity in others. Current fire size remains at 467-acres. In the days ahead, personnel and equipment will be working to prepare nearby roads as fireline to minimize fire spread outside the wilderness. 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 Thursday, crews completed initial fire line and established hose lays around the fire. In the days ahead, crews will work to improve the line and begin mop-up around the fire perimeter. GPS mapping was completed and fire size was determined to be 35 acres. The Bear Creek Fire is burning in steep terrain three miles northeast of Carson, Washington. 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.

EAST CRATER AND BEAR CREEK FIRE INFORMATION: (360) 601-2963

SKAMANIA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE 24/7 FIRE UPDATE NUMBER (Recorded Message):

(509) 427-9490, Option 7