Cold Springs Fire

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The Cold Springs Fire is a wildfire that occurred ten miles northeast of Trout Lake, Washington in July-August 2008.

The fire was started by lightning on July 12 and spread rapidly through heavy dead timber, eventually burning a total of 7,729 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 Yakima 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.[1] The 20,000+ acre Cascade Creek Fire of 2012 swept through a portion of the Cold Springs Fire's burned area, as well as the south and southwest sides of Mount Adams. [2] [3]

Although no structures were burned, the incident was the costliest single fire in the United States for the 2008 fire season.


  1. ^ [Cold Springs "InciWeb: Cold Springs Fire"]. InciWeb. 
  2. ^ "InciWeb: Cascade Creek". Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Cascade Creek Fire on Mt. Adams". USDA Forest Service: Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 

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