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Olympic National Park Fires 2016 News Release

Olympic National Park Fire Update Wednesday August 31, 2016

Incident: Olympic National Park Fires 2016 Wildfire
Released: 8/31/2016

Olympic National Park Fire Update

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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Olympic National Park Fires transition to a type 4 incident.

At 0700 Wednesday morning, the fire transitioned back to a local type 4 Incident. Cooler weather and higher humidity allowed for relatively moderate fire behavior yesterday. Hayes, Godkin and Ignar Creek fires all continue to exhibited interior pockets of fire activity. However, with the upcoming forecast, fire behavior is expected to remain similar if not less active than yesterday. The last assigned helicopter was released Tuesday morning, and today an engine crew is also being released from Olympic National Park Fires. Three personnel remain at the Ignar Fire and another group of three are positioned at Godkin Fire. They are likely to remain on the ground at the incidents through most of the holiday weekend, depending on the weather and fire activity. Their primary duties are to patrol and monitor the fires while advising visitors of the situation. Please use caution when hiking in the vicinity of the Ignar Creek Fire as all trails remain open. All equipment for structure protection remains stationed and ready to use if needed. The Ignar Creek fire is south of the Quinault River about 1/2 mile from Upper O’Neil Creek. The Enchanted Valley Chalet is located approximately 3 miles northeast and up valley of the Ignar Creek fire.

Today weather is expected to be cloudy with intermittent light rains. Temperatures predicted to be cooler, reaching to 63 degrees and humidity from 58-63% with winds coming from the south-southwest at 4-8 MPH, being strongest in the afternoon.

With moderating fire activity, these updates will be produced every other day, unless significant fire activity occurs.

Smoke Effects to Continue

The Olympic National Park fires are located deep in remote wilderness. At times there may be heavy amounts of smoke due to the extreme quantities of fuel and burnable materials. Smoke may settle into surrounding valleys at night and lift during the day. People can take precautions to protect themselves by staying indoors when smoke is present. Detailed information on air quality and health impacts is available at www.wasmoke.blogspot.com.

There are no additional campfire restrictions within the Olympic National Park. Campfires are allowed below 3500 feet in elevation, while all fires are prohibited above 3500 feet.

Below is a summary of the fires. All four fires were started by lightning on July 21, 2016.

Godkin Fire: 521 acres
Hayes Fire: 2310 acres
Cox Valley Fire: 57 acres
Ignar Creek Fire: 35 acres

Photos, maps, and previous updates are available online.

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

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