Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed
The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground during removal of the Glines Canyon Dam. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha.
Upper Falls Fire Near Lake Crescent Remains Small
Contact: Rainey McKenna, 360-565-2985
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
The Upper Falls Fire southwest of Barnes Point at Lake Crescent continues to smolder in an area of steep, rugged terrain upslope of Marymere Falls.The fire is holding within established fire lines and continues to remain 1.5 acres in size.
Yesterday, a three-person Olympic National Park (ONP) fire crew, along with a ten-person Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) crew improved fire lines on the south and west side of the fire and continued fire-suppression efforts.
Today, a park crew will continue to mop up accessible areas and monitor the fire while it consumes the remaining fuels within the fire line and burns itself out.
At this time, Marymere Falls trail remains open. Smoke from the fire is localized and not readily visible from Barnes Point or HWY 101. There continues to be no threat to any nearby structures.
The park received a report of the fire at approximately 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7. Two park rangers responded to investigate. At approximately 6:00 p.m. ONP and DNR crews were on-scene and began fire suppression efforts.
The fire is believed to be human caused and is under investigation.
Current information is available by calling Olympic National Park's recorded fire information line at 360-565-3125 or online at http://www.nps.gov/olym/parkmgmt/current-fire-status.htm. The fire information line and website will be updated daily, or as conditions change.
Did You Know?
Removal of two dams on the Elwha River is the second largest ecosystem restoration project in the National Park System.