By Laura Swanson
The Pioneer’s photographer Don Backman found a vantage point to get some photos and video of the Game Hog Creek Fire in the Tillamook State Forest. The Oregon Department of Forestry reported this morning that this fire “re-started” from an incident over the 4th of July holiday weekend that is still under investigation. ODF was in “mop up” July 7th, but dry conditions and winds have spread this fire to nearly 100 acres in very steep, difficult to access terrain. Approximately 22 miles from Forest Grove, there are over 100 personnel and equipment actively engaged in this fire; Hwy. 6 is open with the fire located north of Highway 6, Drift Creek and Idiot Creek forest roads are closed as is the Fear and Loaming mountain bike trail due to fire activity in the area. Elk Creek campground is currently open but smoke is likely in the area.
For more of Don’s photos – see his website www.donbackmanphoto.com.
See below for a Google map created by Hamlet Fire that shows the area of the fire.