Big Hollow Fire Estimated At 5,000 To 10,000 Acres

The Big Hollow fire is currently burning east and north of the Trapper Creek Wilderness on the Mt. Adams Ranger District and is estimated to be about 5,000 to 10,000 acres in size and growing.  Gifford Pinchot National Forest crews are assessing the situation and assisting with evacuations and clearing road corridors of downed trees resulting from recent heavy winds.  A Type II fire team has been ordered and will take over management of the fire once they arrive on scene and have been briefed.   Visitors are asked to avoid the area during this time.  The cause of the fire is unknown.  The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is developing closure orders for the southwestern portions of the forest to ensure public safety near the Big Hollow incident.  This closure area will include developed campgrounds, dispersed camping, day use areas, wilderness areas, and all forest roads and trails within the area.  If you have plans to be in this area of the forest, please consider making alternate arrangements.  Additionally, effective Wednesday the Pinchot National Forest will be moving to Industrial Fire Protection Level IV.    Public use restrictions are also currently being developed for the Gifford Pinchot and will be put into place soon.  

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