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Olympic Fires Close Trails

Posted by Susan Elderkin at Aug 17, 2010 02:30 PM |

Olympic National Park has closed several trails in the southeast corner of the park due to the Mt. Hopper Fire.

The Hopper Fire in Olympic National Park north of Lake Cushman has expanded to more than 325 acres and is projected to grow as temperatures remain hot, dry and windy in the afternoon.

As a precaution, Olympic National Park has closed several trails in the vicinity.

Anyone who is planning to hike on any trails from the Olympic's Staircase entrance, to Upper Lena Lake, or more than 12 miles in on the Duckabush should contact the park's Wilderness Information Center (360.565.3100) or website for the most current trail conditions. People may also call 260.565.2975 for a recorded message about the fire.

Hikers who do hike on the southeast side of the Olympics should expect to encounter smoke. At this time, Olympic National Park is allowing this fire to burn, as it is not threatening structures, property or any lives. It is expected to grow in size, however, and yesterday's path took it closer to the North Fork Skokomish River trail.

Those interested in more details, including a map, about this fire can find them on InciWeb - a western states' clearninghouse for fire information.


Let it burn

Glad to hear the Park Service is letting this wildfire burn naturally. The fire will probably be good for overall habitat diversity. The fire will hopefully burn hot enough to create huckleberries and other shrubs for browsing wildlife and shrub loving birds. Not every species needs old growth.

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yew on Aug 17, 2010 07:02 PM