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Paradise Fire

Unit Information

Olympic National Park
National Park Service
600 East Park Ave Port Angeles WA 98362 Washington
Port Angeles, WA 98362

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The Paradise fire is burning in Olympic National Park in the Queets River drainage. While it may seem unusual to have a fire of this size burning in a rain forest, this is a reflection of severe conditions - 2015 was the driest spring in over 100 years, with a snowpack that was only 14% of average. Crews are working to confine this fire north of the Queets River, suppressing it where needed and allowing it to benefit the ecosystem where possible.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday May 15th, 2015 approx. 03:00 PM
LocationApproximately 13 miles North/Northeast of Quinault, WA
Incident CommanderJason Demas
Incident DescriptionConfine
Coordinates47.704 latitude, -123.801 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel52
Size2,796 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained40%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday September 30th, 2015 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber. (Litter and understory)

Significant Events

Minimal, isolated torching, creeping, smoldering


Planned Actions

Operate sprinkler system on the western flank and utilize bucket drops to slow fire spread. Continue to check fire spread to the west and south as fire behavior and other hazards allow. Monitor and patrol south side of Queets River for spots.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Minimal growth expected.

24 hours: Minimal growth expected.

48 hours: Minimal growth expected.

72 hours: Fire activity continuing but no significant fire spread. Fire is to be long duration with increased

activity and spread during critical fire weather periods.


Currently the T2 and T3 helicopter and modules have been providing support thru crew and supply shuttles for ground resources, water drops, and monitor/patrol for spot fires south of the Queets River. The fire has stalled at the first MAP. 209's will be submitted once per week or when significant events occur.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The National Weather Service has predicted a rain event for later this week with a possibility of over 2 inches of rain. This would certainly have a positive effect on the fire. The concern is for firefighters on the fireline and plans are being put in place to remove all ground personnel from the fire area before the arrival of the weather.