Friday, October 30, 2020
Oct. 30, 2020

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Big Hollow Fire sees slight perimeter growth

By , Columbian Breaking News Reporter

The Big Hollow Fire burning in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest saw minimal growth around its perimeter Tuesday. 

U.S. Forest Service officials estimate the wildfire’s total acreage is 24,995, or 39 square miles. It remains at 15 percent containment.

Anticipated rain should further subdue the fire’s behavior, a news release says. Cooler temperatures and wet conditions will allow for more cleanup and removal of debris along the fire’s containment lines. Increased winds could bring down fire-weakened trees. Crews will patrol the lines for the potentially hazardous trees and debris, and will continue to monitor and patrol for hot spots.

The 42 cabins at Government Mineral Springs are being watched and monitored for any fire threat. A Level 3 “Go” evacuation order remains in effect for that area near the Trapper Creek Wilderness. The closure will be reassessed after the anticipated precipitation this week.

Sunset Falls Campground is open, along with the Pacific Crest Trail. The Department of Natural Resources has lifted the closure order for Merrill Lake Conservation Area. The Siouxon Block remains closed.