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Gifford Pinchot National Forest

September 8, 2020

The U.S. Forest Service is currently working on a fire in the Observation Peak area of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest approximately 10 air miles north of Carson Washington.   The perimeter of the fire area was checked this morning by Skamania County Sheriff’s Deputies to notify people of the potential danger. 

The USFS is still working on sizing up the main fire area to obtain acreage.   East winds continue to be prevalent on the ridges and are contributing to the very visible smoke plume that can be seen from many areas across Clark and Skamania County.

The closest residential area to fire is in the Stabler/Hemlock area north of Carson however, the current wind and weather conditions are not placing that area in any imminent risk.

The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office will continue to monitor the situation and remain in communication with the USFS in the event there is a need to notify area residents of changing conditions related to the fire.

Even though wind conditions are predicted to subside, fire danger remains extremely high around the region.  Necessary precautions should be taken to prevent the risk of fire.