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News Release
Burn ban to include recreational fires, Fire Chiefs affirm - 09/09/20

Cowlitz County, WA – Effective immediately, local Fire Chiefs, in conjunction with the Cowlitz County Fire Marshal, is banning ALL burning within the city limits of Kelso, Longview, Kalama and Castle Rock to include recreational fires. 


The potential fire threat is extreme given weather conditions in the area.  Fire Chiefs within the county will be working together to support Cowlitz-Skamania Fire District 7 as the Big Hollow Fire burns toward the Yale Reservoir either by direct support with personnel and apparatus or by backing up agencies that are sending resources.


It is advised that citizens within the area sign up for emergency alerts through Cowlitz County DEM (Department of Emergency Management) alert system.  Here:


Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue Fire Chief comments on the situation, “The main issue right now is that the danger of fire threat in our area is unprecedented.  How we have moved through this without an incident so far is beyond me.  The probability of ignition is at least 95%, meaning if 100 embers land in a fuel bed at least 95 of them would cause ignition to the fuel bed causing rapid spread of fire.  We saw the impact of fires in March of 2019 within developed areas with less dangerous conditions.  This fire threat is significant in the rural and city interface areas throughout our county.  There is a significant fire developing, the Big Hollow Fire, in the GP forest with a lot of potential.  A Type 2 team is being placed on it now.  It’s about 10k acres and burning toward Chelatchie Prairie.  We may soon be engaged or supporting that fire in various ways.  I think we’ll be out of this pretty soon, but until then, we’re asking the public to please be smart.  Don’t burn anything, don’t run equipment or lawnmowers if possible, and recognize this weather and the potential threats associated with it.” 


More information on fire dangers, weather, and active fire incidents can be found at the following:

Department of Natural Resources (DNR):



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