Fire Management

For information about current fires please visit:

To report a wildfire on forest land call Columbia Dispatch at (360) 891-5140.  Outside of dispatch hours call 911.

Current Fire Restrictions

There are currently no fire restrictions on the forest.

We always need your help. Learn how you can help prevent wildfires.

Fire Danger Rating

08/03/2020: Moderate

Fire danger moderate

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.

Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL)

08/03/2020: IFPL Level 1

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.