Forest Fire Burning in the Trapper Creek Wilderness Area

Contact(s): (971) 333-8602,

Release Date: Tuesday Evening, September 8, 2020

Gifford Pinchot National Forest fire burning in the Trapper Creek Wilderness area

The Big Hollow fire is currently burning east and north of the Trapper Creek Wilderness on the Mt. Adams Ranger District and is estimated to be about 5,000 to 10,000 acres in size and growing.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest crews are assessing the situation and assisting with evacuations and clearing road corridors of downed trees resulting from recent heavy winds.

A Type II fire team has been ordered and will take over management of the fire once they arrive on scene and have been briefed. 

Forest Supervisor, Eric Veach, indicated that the current focus is in on keeping fire fighters and the public safe and recommends that visitors avoid the area during this time. 

It is important to note that the local area remains under threat of dangerous fire conditions with a combination of extreme heat, significant wind events, dry conditions, and firefighting resources that are stretched thin across the region and nation.  Due to these conditions, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is developing closure orders for the southwestern portions of the forest to ensure public safety near the Big Hollow incident. This closure area will include developed campgrounds, dispersed camping, day use areas, wilderness areas, and all forest roads and trails within the area. If you have plans to be in this area of the forest, please consider making alternate arrangements.

Additionally, effective Wednesday September 9th at 12:01 a.m. all the Gifford Pinchot National Forest will be moving to Industrial Fire Protection Level (IFPL) IV.  Public use restrictions are also currently being developed for the Gifford Pinchot and will be put into place soon.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

Look for updates at or call 360 524 1724.