Fire fighers watching north side of Mount Adams blaze



TROUT LAKE — Fire fighters are watching the north perimeter today of the Cascade Creek fire on Mount Adams.

East winds wrapping around the north side of Mount Adams may push the fire into additional areas with dry fuels.

There are no containment lines adjacent to the fire in this relatively remote area, but contingency plans are being expanded, according to the Forest Service.

East winds are blowing at 10 to 20 miles per hour today. The use of helicopters may be limited by the wind and smoke.

Flames were visible from Trout Lake on Tuesday night as the fire is burning back into previously burned areas consuming debris and igniting additional islands of trees at high elevations.

Frost is expected at the fire tonight, but no rain is forecast for the next 10 days.

The fire is now estimated at 19,130 acres and 65 percent contained. Costs to date are $12.1 million.