Monday, January 30, 2023
Jan. 30, 2023

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Mop-up work beginning on Nakia Creek Fire

By , Columbian staff reporter

Firefighters worked to reinforce containment lines on the Nakia Creek Fire on Friday ahead of beginning to mop up the blaze burning near Larch Mountain.

Crews were expected to begin mopping up on the fire Friday, which Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency spokesman Eric Frank said means they will ensure the fire is completely out along the perimeter. The fire remained at 156 acres with 10 percent containment. Evacuation warnings and closures remained in place.

As the weather remains hot and windy through the weekend, officials are warning people they might see smoke plumes coming from the area. Frank said plumes would be driven by the weather, not necessarily new fire activity. The National Weather Service predicts conditions will be hazy through Monday.

Those who wish to help fire crews can donate to the Clark County Food Bank at or the Wildland Firefighter Foundation at Officials are also working on establishing a location people can drop off thank-you notes.

More information about the fire, including evacuation zones and closure maps, can be found at