An evacuation assembly area for impacted residents is being set up at the Ilani Casino RV parking area. The CRESA EOC call center is open until 11:00 PM and can take questions pertaining to evacuations, mapping, animal assistance, sheltering, and more at 360-992-9229.
The fire was reported at 3:38 p.m. at a residence in the 37000 block of Northeast Jenny Creek Road, according to emergency dispatch records. Crews arriving found a house on fire that had spread to nearby trees and kindled a number of spot fires in the area, according to emergency radio traffic.
As of about 4:30 p.m. a helicopter overflight estimated the fire area at approximately 3 acres. Helicopters were also used for water drops on hot spots.
It was unknown as of just before 6 p.m. if any other structures were damaged.
Firefighters called for additional units, including brush rigs, water tenders, a hand crew from Larch Corrections Center and water-dropping helicopters to address the spot fires as they continued to spread. Additional fire engines were requested early Wednesday evening.
Crews were receiving support from the Washington Department of Natural Resources, as well as fire departments in Cowlitz County and as far away as Vancouver.