Wildfire near Alder Lake, Elbe burning 25 acres

A 25-acre fire is burning on steep forested terrain on the south side of Alder Lake near Elbe, according to a statement released Saturday afternoon by Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

The fire, caused by a lightning strike, is being managed by crews from the U.S. Forest Service and state Department of Natural Resources.

Approximately 40 firefighters are attacking the blaze by dropping water from helicopters. The area is unsafe to approach on foot and there is no estimate of containment, according to the Forest Service. The fire was first spotted Tuesday.

“With continuing hot and dry conditions and recurring lighting, wildland fire danger in the Pacific Northwest remains very high,” reads the statement.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest implemented restrictions to reduce wildfire risk July 1. Campfires are only permitted in designated areas. Smoking outdoors or using motorized vehicles on trails is currently prohibited.