Evacuation zones for Nakia Creek Fire shrink, wildfire now estimated at 1,565 acres

Published: Oct. 16, 2022 at 12:51 PM PDT
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CLARK COUNTY, Wash. (KPTV) - The Nakia Creek Fire grew to about 3-square-miles Sunday, leading fire officials to order “Level 3: Go Now” evacuations for nearly 3,000 homes as easterly winds drove flames and grounded aircraft, according to the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency. Those evacuation zones shrank Monday.

On Monday, officials said the Nakia Creek Fire is estimated to be about 1,565 acres in size and 5% containment. Weather cooperated Sunday night and fire crews were able to get a better look at the fire.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said an Oregon Department of Forestry Type 1 team is taking over management at 7 p.m. Monday.

Officials said smoke remains heavy, but not all of it is from this fire. They said there are about 10 large fires burning from Canada to the Oregon border, including five new fires Sunday.

County sheriff deputies and search and rescue worked to close roads and notify homes within the evacuation zones.

Initially, 28,765 homes were under “Level 1: Be Ready” notice, 5,017 homes were under “Level 2: Be Set” notice and 2,903 homes were under “Level 3: Go Now” notice. CRESA updated the evacuation zones on Monday, saying they were shrinking but did not immediately provide an update on how many homes were still under Level 3.

On Sunday, officials with the Washougal and Mt. Pleasant School Districts canceled school for Monday, Oct. 17.

The American Red Cross has opened a shelter in Camas at:

  • Camas Church of Nazarene, 2204 Northeast Birch Street

On Monday morning, a Red Cross volunteer told FOX 12 that currently 30 people are staying at the shelter and they still have plenty of room for more people. Animals are welcome inside the church, but only in the lobby area.

The Cowlitz Tribe and Ilani has made parking lots available for vehicles as well:

  • Parking Lots 10 and 11
  • Please put a sign in the vehicle window: “Fire Evacuee”
  • Parking Only, Gray water will need to be dumped at Gee Creek Rest Area

Livestock Shelter Location:

  • Executive Horse Council
  • Call 360-607-2535 for Assistance

The sheriff’s office said anyone who needs assistance with evacuations to call (360) 992-9229.

Click here to visit the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency website - the official source of fire information

Evacuation Map as of Monday, 10:30 a.m. [Click here for a link to full resolution map]

Nakia Creek Fire evacuation zone map
Nakia Creek Fire evacuation zone map(CRESA (Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency))

SEE ALSO: Nakia Creek Fire confirmed to be human caused

Additional Level 1 evacuations issued due to nearby fire activity:

This fire is called the Black Hole Incident and overlaps some of the the Big Hollow fire area...
This fire is called the Black Hole Incident and overlaps some of the the Big Hollow fire area from 2020.(Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency)

Updates can be found on the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency Facebook page.