Kalama Fire Update Sept. 21, 2022Kalama Fire Wildfire
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Kalama Fire Update – Sept. 21, 2022
Overview: The Kalama Fire, located southeast of Kalama Horse Camp on the south side of Mount St. Helens, is at approximately 267 acres in size and is currently five percent contained. We were better able to map the area to give a more accurate account of the acres burned. Additionally, acres also increased with burn out operations to assist in securing the perimeter of the fire. Cooler weather over the next few days will assist in the firefighting efforts.
Fire Behavior: The fire was located on a cliff face and is now on extremely steep ground, fire fighters are preparing indirect lines in more favorable terrain where they can be successful. Fire behavior has been smoldering and creeping. The potential for fire growth remains, but containment lines are being put in place and contain percentage information will be updated when the lines are complete and holding.
Weather: Weather today is predicted to be cooler over the burn area, with variable winds. Thursday is also expected to be cooler as a deep marine layer is expected to push into the area tonight and Thursday morning.
View a Closure Map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1059380.pdf
Trails: Cinnamon Trail #204, Kalama Ski Trail #231, Toutle Trail #238, Fossil Trail #242, Kalama Falls Trail #242A
- Forest Road (NFS) Road No.81, from the junction with State Route 503 Spur to the junction with NFS Road No. 8100-830 and all associated NFS spur roads off NFS Road No. 81
- NFS Road No. 8117 and all associated NFS spur roads off of NFS Road No. 8117
- NFS Road No. 8122 and all associated NFS spur roads off of NFS Road No. 8122
Attention Climbers: ·Access to Climbers Bivouac (and climbing route) is open.
Fire Restrictions: Campfire bans, and other public use restrictions are in place across the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and much of the region. View Forest Order: www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1049107.pdf
Evacuations: Due to moderating fire weather and additional resources on the Kalama Fire the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with the U.S. Forest Service and Washington Department of Natural Resources, has issued updated evacuation notifications for Kalama Fire (which is not affecting the City of Kalama or residents along the Kalama River Road at this time). The following updates are effective immediately:
View an evacuation map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1060104.pdf
Level 2, Set Evacuation Level:
- North to South: From the Headwaters of the South Fork of the Toutle River, south to Forest Road 7550.
- East to West: From the Skamania County/Cowlitz County border west 5 miles into Cowlitz County.
Level 1, Ready Evacuation Level:
- North to South: South from Forest Road 7550 to south of Merrill Lake.
- East to West: Skamania County/Cowlitz County border west 5 miles into Cowlitz County
Sign up for county alerts: https://www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/196/Emergency-Management
Size: 267 acres with potential for growth. Containment: 5% Cause: Under investigation.
Fire Information Phone Line: 360-449-7874
Public Information Officer: David Grubich, 804-503-2363
Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/gp/fire
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
FOREST ORDER NO. 06-03-00-22-01
TEMPORARY PUBLIC USE RESTRICTIONS
Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 36 CFR 261.50 (a) and (b), the following prohibitions are established on all National Forest System lands, roads, and trails within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. This Order becomes effective on August 08, 2022, at 4:00 pm and will remain in effect until September 30, 2022, at 11:59 pm, unless rescinded sooner.
1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, including a charcoal fire and pellet fire on all National Forest System lands. 36 CFR § 261.52(a).
2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a designated campground, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. 36 CFR § 261.52(c).
3. Possessing, discharging or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device. 36 CFR § 261.52(f).
4. Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order meeting either: - Forest Service Standard 5100-1a, or - Appropriate Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE recommended practice J335(b) and J350(a)). 36 CFR § 261.52(j)
Pursuant to 36 CFR § 261.50(e), the following are exempt from this order:
1. Persons with Forest Service Permit No. FS-7700-48 (Permit for Use of Roads, Trails, or Areas Restricted by Regulation or Order) specifically exempting them from this Order.
2. Any Federal, State or Local Officer or member of an organized firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
3. Persons building, maintaining, attending, or using a campfire or charcoal fire in a Developed Recreational Site listed on “Exhibit A”.
4. Petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices, provided such devices meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety and can be turned off.
This prohibition is in addition to the general prohibitions in 36 C.F.R. Part 261, Subpart A.
Violations of these prohibitions are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for an individual or $10,000.00 for a corporation or imprisonment for not more than six months or both. 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 18 U.S.C §§ 3551, 3559, 3571, and 3581.
Executed in Vancouver, Washington on this 8th day of August 2022.
Gifford Pinchot National Fores
Cowlitz-Skamania Fire District #7 is a small rural Fire District. We are located in southwest Washington State, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Our district is on the north side of the Lewis River and its three heavily used recreational lakes. The lakes are each approximately 14 miles long. We are responsible for 54 square miles along the river, two of the lakes, and a small portion of the third. We respond as Mutual Aid on another 100 square miles with neighboring districts.