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Cool weather slows spread of ONP fires

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Aug. 8, 2009 at 11:30 am |
August 8, 2009 11:30 am

From Olympic National Park:


The spread of Olympic National Park’s five active fires has slowed due to cooler, moister weather, but extended dry periods and predicted warmer fall weather could produce fire behavior similar to what was observed previously.


"While fire spread is currently minimal, we are continuously assessing conditions and weather forecasts. We will alter our strategies as needed,"

said Incident Commander Roy Hall.


Fire officials will hold a public meeting at the Brinnon Community Center on Friday evening, August 7, at 6:00 p.m. and will present information about future expectations, weather predictions, and fire effects on the forest ecosystem.


The majority of the Heatwave Complex Fires are located in inaccessible areas of Olympic National Park and the Olympic National Forest. None of the fires currently pose immediate threats to life, safety, and property. They are being managed in order to maximize the ecological benefit of naturally occurring wildfire. Firefighters and helicopters continue work on the Constance fire to prevent spread to the east.


Within the fires, burn severity is not uniform. There are some patches of forest where the overstory is burned, some slightly affected and some apparently unaffected at this time. Naturally occurring fire is vital to maintaining ecological diversity throughout the Park. Fire plays an important natural role by releasing nutrients that stimulate new plant growth and create a mosaic of diversity in vegetation communities.


The Dosewallips Road/Trail is CLOSED at the Olympic National Forest’s Elkhorn Campground due to the Constance Fire because the fire is releasing burning logs and debris downslope onto the road/trail. This closure includes the Lake Constance Trail, The Main Fork Dosewallips to Greywolf Pass Junction, West Fork Dosewallips to Honeymoon Meadows, and Constance Pass/Home Lake access from Boulder Shelter Camp (USFS) on the Upper Dungeness.


The Duckabush Trail is CLOSED from the trailhead to the LaCrosse Pass junction due to the Tenmile Fire.


There is currently an open FIRE BAN throughout the park (stoves permitted).

The only exceptions are at the coast, where all open fires must be placed below the high tide line; and in fire rings in frontcountry campgrounds.


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