Fire Management

To report a wildfire, call 911 or Columbia Dispatch at (360) 891-5140.

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Active Fires & Fire Closures

Cowlitz Complex Fire 2023

Iron Creek Fire 2023

Goat Rocks Fire 2022

Siouxon & Sunset Fires 2022

Kalama Fire 2022: 

Nationwide Fire Activity & Smoke Information:

Temporary Flight Restrictions: Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire, all aircraft are grounded until we can ensure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, please visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

Fire Restrictions at Gifford Pinchot National Forest

09/22/2023: With increasingly cooler weather, and recent precipitation across Northwest Oregon and Washington, fire managers for the Mount Hood and Gifford Pinchot National Forests have rescinded public use fire restrictions, effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday, September 22. 

Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL)

Zone 659-S: IFPL Level I (effective 09/22/2023)

Zone 660: IFPL Level I (effective 09/22/2023)

View Forest Fire Zone Map

IFPL 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

09/25/2023: Low  Fire Danger:

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.

Safety Tips For Burned Areas

Hikers ALWAYS assume risks when entering trails in natural areas, but in burned areas those risks are greater. Your safety is in your hands! Review these tips.

Local Emergency Management Contact Information

For local details in case of emergency, such as fire evacuation information & related closures please consult with local sheriff and county emergency management services.

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 Management

Learn how fire manager are planning ahead to better mitigate wildfire risk within the communities adjacent to forest lands. 

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 response to Big Hollow Fire.

Fire Jobs

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.