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Maple Fire

Unit Information

Olympic National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Olympia, WA 98512

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Flames and smoke are seen in a forest environment featuring mixed conifers and maple trees. There is also brush and the scene is green and lush, but burning. The crystal clear waters of the Hamma Hamma River are in the foreground of this scene.Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Maple Fire remains within the identified containment lines and firefighters are monitoring growth along Jefferson Ridge as the wildfire continues to slowly creep to the west. The fire has not moved to the northeast or south but is expected to continue to spread west due to steep, inaccessible terrain. Crews will focus on holding and improving roads, rivers and creeks where the fire is currently held in check. The fire is expected to continue burning and emitting smoke until steady, seasonal rains extinguish it. Smoky conditions may continue to affect communities in the region. For information about how to deal with smoky conditions, go to: or For information on air quality, go to: Regional Clean Air Agencies The local Olympic Interagency Fire Management team will continue to work to meet objectives identified by the Olympic National Forest (ONF) and the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The ever-present threat of both live and dead trees falling remains in the fire area, where root systems have been burned off or severely compromised. Exposed roots systems may cause these trees to fall unpredictably, presenting a major risk to firefighter and public safety.

Due to the active fire in the area, recreationists hoping to hike the Lena Creek Trail over Labor Day weekend are being asked to plan a different destination. This popular trailhead lies within the established closure area based on proximity to the fire. The Hamma Hamma Road (Forest Road 25) that accesses this area is CLOSED. Other road closures include Forest Roads 2502, 2421, 2401 and 2441. CLOSED Olympic National Forest recreation sites include Living Legacy Interpretive Loop (#802), Upper/Lena Lake Trail (#810 and #811), Beaver Pond Loop (#815), Putvin Trail (#813), Mildred Lakes Trail (#822), Jefferson Ridge/Lakes Trail (#808), and Upper/Lower Elk Lake Trail (#805). Facility closures include Hamma Hamma Cabin & Campground; Lena Creek and Lena Lake Campgrounds. Maps for all the closures can be found on InciWeb. To discover new forest sites still open for recreation, visit the Olympic National Forest website at or visit its Facebook site at Olympic National Forest Facebook

For more information see the Maple Fire Facebook page: Maple Fire 2018

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman Caused - Under Investigation
Date of OriginSaturday August 04th, 2018 approx. 11:00 AM
LocationOn the Olympic Peninsula, 23 miles north of Shelton, WA. Five miles west of Hwy 101.
Incident CommanderLakota Burwell
Coordinates47.578 latitude, -123.13 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel39
Size3,300 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained39%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday October 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Heavy timber (litter, grass and understory)

Significant Events

Observed fire behavior includes; moderate, flanking, backing, and creeping


Planned Actions

Fire crews will continue to monitor the perimeter of the firelines and clear debris off roads. BAER teams are beginning to assess impacts of the fire.

Projected Incident Activity

Next few weeks: until heavy rains arrive, the fire will continue to smolder and burn and move slowly westward.


Acreage breakdown is 90% FS; 10 DNR lands.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Weather remains on a cooling trend, with intermittent showers. Temperatures are staying within the 60-70 range during the day, dropping into the 40s at night.