Warm weather and east winds have favored the expansion of the Mt. Hood Dollar Lake fire. The fire is now approximately 4,500 acres in size. Most of the growth has been to the west, but changing winds today could again impact fire behavior. The USFS is reporting 10% containment with a high probability of continued growth, which is better than the previously rated extreme danger of growth.
From a skiing perspective, the fire may well be opening up some interesting terrain, but much of the area burning is relatively inaccessible come winter. There could be some new skiable lines in the Stranahan and Pinnacle Ridge areas. Here is a link to a full size map of the burn area.
Word from the Northwest Oregon Incident Management Team is that the North East side containment line is in place. Given this work and the proximity to the 2008 Gnarl Ridge burn area, protection of the historic Cloud Cap and Tilly Jane areas is looking good. The next few days, of course, will determine what is to come. The short term forecast is for warm weather and light winds. You can get updated fire information by visiting the Inciweb.org website and choosing the Dollar Lake incident from the menu on the upper right.