Maple Fire Update
August 10, 2018 - 8:30 AM
Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 10
Incident Commander Alan Lawson
Fire Information: 360-490-9090
Facebook: Maple Fire 2018
Twitter: @olympicforest & @waDNR_fire
Acres: 995 Containment: 12% Total Personnel: 258 Location: 23 miles north of Shelton, WA on the Olympic NF and Washington DNR land Cause: human-caused, under investigation
A public meeting is scheduled for 7:00 pm Friday at the Hamma Hamma Fire Station located at 34571 N US Hwy 101, Lilliwaup, WA 98555. Officials will address the current Maple Fire situation.
Hamma Hamma, WA – Firefighters made good progress building containment lines in their effort to stop the Maple Fire from spreading. Heavy equipment and crews brushed Hamma Hamma Road/Forest Road 25 (FR 25) and Forest Road 2441 to use as fuel breaks. Firing operations, or burnouts, were implemented to remove vegetation between FR 25 and the main fire, further securing the east flank. Helicopters dropped water in the Jefferson Creek area to keep the fire in check.
The fire is well established along Jefferson Ridge and is slowly backing downhill to Lower Elk Lake. Due to steep, inaccessible terrain and a low probability of success, firefighters will not be tasked with building firelines up Jefferson Ridge. Crews will continue brushing FR 25 and FR 2441 to corral the wildfire to the west, away from values at risk that includes timber and private property.
With firefighter and public safety as the top priority for fire managers and land management officials, crews will continue to build upon previous successes. The primary operational goal is to prevent the fire from moving eastward by building containment lines, spraying water, utilizing helicopter support and burning out. Crews will install hoselays supported by portable pumps to supply water to strengthen lines along the eastern flank.
Weather: Cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity are expected today. Rain is predicted for the weekend, which will decrease fire behavior but not put the fire out. Visitors in the Hood Canal and surrounding areas may continue to see smoke. For detailed information about smoke and air quality, visit: wasmoke.blogspot.com.
Closures: The Olympic National Forest has closed the Jefferson Ridge and Elk Lake trails. FR 25, 2401, 2421, and 2480 are closed. The Lena Lake area is closed.
Evacuations: Currently, there are no evacuations in place.
A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the Maple Fire area, restricting access for all unauthorized aircraft including drones. Anytime a drone flies over a wildfire all aircraft must be grounded, which can drastically inhibit critical fire suppression efforts. Flying any aircraft within the TFR is prohibited and violators will be prosecuted.