Fire Management

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

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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 Burned Area Emergency Response to Big Hollow Fire.

Active Fires

As of November 13, 2020 the Big Hollow Fire is 100% contained. View Big Hollow Fire info on Inciweb

Current Fire Restrictions

No campfire restrictions in place. An overall closure is in place for public safety in the fire area: Big Hollow Fire Closure, (view closure map)

Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL)

11/01/2020: IFPL Level 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

Fire Danger: Low

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.

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. 

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.