Paradise Fire (Olympic Peninsula Fires) Update September 1, 2015
Incident: Paradise Fire Wildfire
The 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.
Rain is forecasted for the peninsula through the week with some clearing towards the weekend.
For the most up to date closure information visit the Olympic National Park Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/OlympicNPS.
Due to the decrease in fire activity on the Olympic Peninsula the Paradise Fire will be transitioning to a lower level of management complexity and a Type 4 organization will be assuming command of the fire on Friday. Fire updates will be distributed every other day unless significant activity occurs.
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 and some have been reassigned to higher priority fires within the state. Weather stations near the Paradise Fire have recorded up to 9.55 inches of precipitation since Friday. 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 acres
Due to the weather fire officials have been unable to fly the Hungry Fire. Weather stations near the Hungry Fire have recorded up to 5.77 inches of precipitation since Friday. The fire will continue to be monitored as weather permits and action will be taken as necessary.
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
For a perspective on the fires across the Northwest visit, http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx.
National Fire Information
There were 94 new wildfires around the nation yesterday, 3 became large. For a nationwide update on large fire activity visit, https://www.nifc.gov/nicc/sitreprt.pdf.