80 people fighting fire near Alder Lake

Almost 80 people were working Tuesday to put out a brush fire burning near Alder Lake, according to officials with Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

The 20-acre blaze on the south side of the lake, near Elbe, was first seen Aug. 11.

Crews from the U.S. Forest Service and the state Department of Natural Resources were fighting the fire, which was started by a lightning strike.

Forest Road 7409 might be closed, and crews ask that the public stay away from firefighters on that road, Forest Road 74 and elsewhere in the area.

The fire is on steep, rugged terrain that’s not easily accessible, and has the potential to spread, said officials with the national forest.

Visitors are asked to check with the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District at 360-497-1101 before heading to the area.