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The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provided an update Thursday evening about the Big Hollow Fire.

The DNR issued this statement:

A Type 2 incident management team will be taking over command of the fire at 0600 Friday morning.  The communities around Yale Reservoir will start to see an influx of additional firefighting resources.  The crews currently working on the western and northern fronts of the fire are developing structure protection plans, in the event they are needed.  The Level 1 (Get Ready) and Level 2 (Get Set) evacuation notices are still in effect out of an abundance of caution as we continue to experience high fire danger and very dry conditions.

Most of the fire activity and growth today was along the southwest perimeter of the fire; however this growth was not as significant as we saw over the previous 48 hours.

DNR has aviation resources available; however, the current smoke conditions make it difficult to utilize those resources.  While there is plenty of smoke coming off of the Big Hollow fire, most of the smoke that is affecting Clark County right now is actually coming from the fires burning in Oregon and California.

In addition to the Area Closure that was issued for a portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, DNR Recreation in the DNR Siouxon Block and Merrill Lake area has also been closed due to the fire and evacuation notices.  This includes recreation trails, campgrounds, and dispersed camping, and day use areas on those DNR managed lands.

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