Wildfire burns near Larch Mountain in Clark County

Dubbed the Nakia Creek Flame, the blaze is on remote land administered by the Washington Department of Natural Resources, but its blaze can be seen for miles around.

CLARK COUNTY, Wash. – A wildfire burning southwest of Larch Mountain, north of Washougal, Wash., has burned about 150 acres as of Monday morning, Washington Department of Natural Resources speak. There are no evacuation plans at this time.

Crews first responded to the fire at 4:37 p.m. Sunday. Now named Nakia Creek Fire, the wildfire is burning on grass and brush.

The DNR said in a Twitter post that air resources would be delivered to the fire on Monday morning. The crew will battle the flames throughout the day using air and ground resources. DNR said it will update the area after an aerial survey.

Ryan Rodruck with DNR said they have multiple engine companies and three helicopters on fire duty. Rodruck said they expected to send more helicopters to attack the fires by air.

An East County Fire & Rescue spokesman described the fire as “very remote and very rural.”

However, it is easy to see the forest fire on the top of the mountain. The fire was reported to KGW by people in eastern Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, Gresham, Troutdale and even atop the hills in Southwest Portland.

Many people shared photos of the fire on social media on Sunday night.

Fire officials have yet to say what caused the fire to start.

This past Friday, the Washington State Public Lands Commissioner, Hillary Franz, declared the fire season over. It was the season that saw the fewest acres burned in the past few years.

“We are currently looking at 140,000 acres burned this year, which is significantly below our 10-year average,” Rodruck said.

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Edmund DeMarche

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