Forest fire burning in wilderness west of Mount Adams

By Mark Bowder, Columbian Metro Team Editor



A wildfire is spreading on the west flank of Mount Adams, in the Mount Adams Wilderness of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

The fire, which has been named the Horseshoe Fire, was reported about 4 p.m. Friday, and had burned 100 acres of timber and sub-alpine fir as of about 11 a.m. Satuday, according to information posted by forest service officials.

As of an update at 6 p.m., the fire had grown to 250 acres. There are five 20-person crews assigned to the fire. Gifford Pinchot National Forest requested a Type II Incident Management Team and it is expected to arrive Sunday afternoon.

Trail closures prompted by the fire include:

? Trail #9 Round the Mountain: Between Trail #16 Shorthorn and Trail #112 Divide Camp

? Trail #12 Stagman Ridge

? Trail #64 Riley Camp

? Trail #64A Riley South

? Trail #73 Crofton Ridge

? Trail #75 Salt Creek

? Trail #112 Divide Camp

? Trail #2000 Pacific Crest Trail: Between Forest Road 23 and Trail #112 Divide Camp