Residents near Mineral told to get ready to leave if Alder Lake fire worsens

People living in the Pleasant Valley Road area near Mineral should be ready to evacuate if a fire burning near Alder Lake worsens, officials said Wednesday.

The Level 1 Evacuation means residents should be ready to leave, but don’t need to yet, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said.

A Level 2 evacuation, if ordered, would encourage residents to leave voluntarily, or be ready to go at a moment’s notice.

Level 3 is when residents should leave immediately.

The blaze has reached 173 acres, burning on steep, undeveloped land near the lake since Aug. 11. About 100 people are fighting it.

Crews have been working to widen and connect forest roads around the blaze as lines to contain the fire, but it keeps slowly moving toward the southeast, and was about a mile from the nearest Pleasant Valley Road homes Wednesday, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Kristen Bowles said.

If a Level 2 Evacuation becomes necessary, shelter will be organized in Morton.

The Forest Service, state Department of Natural Resources, Mineral firefighters, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lewis County Department of Emergency Management are working to fight the blaze and protect residents.

For more information, residents can call 360-740-1152 or visit http://lewiscountywa.gov/.