Cold Springs Fire

The Cold Springs Fire started July 12, 2008, eleven miles north of Trout Lake in Washington. It was contained and put out in August 2008.

The fire was started by lightning on July 12 and spread rapidly through heavy dead timber, eventually burning a total of 7,993 acres before full containment was reached on August 1. Of the area burned, 4,723 acres were in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, 1,623 on the Yakama Indian Reservation, 1,076 on land managed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources, and 307 on privately owned lands. At the peak of firefighting efforts, over 1,000 personnel were assigned to combat the blaze. In total, 1,037 firefighters from 33 units were needed to reach containment.[1]

The fire neared Mount Adams as it spread north of Trout Lake causing closings for several trails and camp grounds.[2] Fire officials said it was the largest fire the area had received in decades, and the dangerous fire conditions allowed it to grow and spread quickly through dead trees and winds up to 25 mph. However, people were expecting a large fire and had been preparing so that no homes or people were threatened in the event.[3] Although no structures were burned, a 1909 historic guard station had to be wrapped in fire-retardant material.[3]


  1. ^ "INCIWEB – Cold Spring Fire" (PDF). USDA. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  2. ^ Engelson, Andrew. "Fire Closes Trails Near Mount Adams, the state's highest peak". Washington Trails Association. Washington Trails Association. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b Tomlinson, Stuart; Jung, Helen. "Mt. Adams fire biggest in decades in Washington's south Cascades". Retrieved 25 November 2015.
List of Washington wildfires

This is an incomplete list of major wildfires in Washington state history.

Mount Adams (Washington)

Mount Adams, known by some Native American tribes as Pahto or Klickitat, is a potentially active stratovolcano in the Cascade Range. Although Adams has not erupted in more than 1,000 years, it is not considered extinct. It is the second-highest mountain in the U.S. state of Washington, after Mount Rainier.Adams is a member of the Cascade Volcanic Arc, and is one of the arc's largest volcanoes, located in a remote wilderness approximately 34 miles (55 km) east of Mount St. Helens. The Mount Adams Wilderness consists of the upper and western part of the volcano's cone. The eastern side of the mountain is designated as part of the territory of the Yakama Nation.Adams' asymmetrical and broad body rises 1.5 miles (2.4 km) above the Cascade crest. Its nearly flat summit was formed as a result of cone-building eruptions from separated vents. Air travelers flying the busy routes above the area sometimes confuse Mount Adams with nearby Mount Rainier, which has a similar flat-topped shape.

The Pacific Crest Trail traverses the western flank of the mountain.

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