Paradise Fire(Olympic Peninsula Fires) Update August 31, 2015
Incident: Paradise Fire Wildfire
OverviewThe Olympic National Park (NPS) and Olympic National Forest (USFS) are managing the information dissemination for all federally managed fires on the Olympic Peninsula through one channel. A Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) is managing fires under NPS and USFS jurisdiction. USFS is monitoring the Cabin, Mildred Lake, and Nicklund Creek Fires.
Weather ForecastRain is forecasted for the peninsula through the week with some clearing towards the weekend.
High winds and heavy rains closed most of the Olympic National Park on Saturday. Most roads and campgrounds around the park where affected by downed trees. A local Incident Management Team is assisting the park with assessment and clean-up of storm damage. For the most up to date closure information visit the Olympic National Park Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/OlympicNPS.
Paradise Fire - NPS, 2796 acres
For the safety of our fire personnel they were removed from the fire line ahead of this storm. All remaining resources are staged in the local area until this weather event passes. These firefighters have been made available to assist the local area with any initial attack activity that may occur. Weather stations near the Paradise Fire have recorded up to 6.82 inches of precipitation since Friday. Although this is a considerable amount of rain, a large portion of it will not penetrate the ground fuels due to the extremely thick canopy above. Fire officials do not expect this to be the season ending event that will extinguish this fire. The Paradise Fire is unprecedented in size for the fuel type and area, so there is no way to know for certain how long fire activity will continue even with the changes in weather.
Hungry Fire - NPS, 4 acresDue to the weather fire officials have been unable to fly the Hungry Fire. Weather stations near the Hungry Fire have recorded up to 4 inches of precipitation since Friday. The fire will continue to be monitored as weather permits and action will be taken as necessary.
Nicklund Creek - USFS, ¼ acre
The Nicklund Creek Fire received approximately 5 inches of rain since Friday. All line personnel have been released from the fire and it has been placed in monitor status.
Additional Park and Forest Information
Fires are not permitted in backcountry areas of Olympic National Park or Olympic National Forest. Campfires are only allowed in established front-country campgrounds in metal campfire rings.
Campfires continue to be allowed in developed campgrounds because… designated rings are cleared of debris, down to mineral soil, within and around the ring edge. Developed recreation sites include or are close to a water source and road access, should an incident occur.
Fire restrictions for Olympic National Forest can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/olympic/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprd3846455
NorthwestFor a perspective on the fires across the Northwest visit, http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx.