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Upper Falls Fire Near Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park
Contact: Rainey McKenna, 360-565-2985
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
A small fire, named the Upper Falls Fire, is burning southwest of Barnes Point at Lake Crescent. The fire is burning in steep rugged terrain upslope of Marymere Falls and is estimated to be 1.5 acres in size.
Olympic National Park (ONP) and Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) crews are on-scene and have begun fire suppression efforts. Impacts may include smoke in the Barnes Point area and along Highway 101 near Lake Crescent.
The park received a report of the fire at approximately 5:15 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.
Currently, the Marymere Falls trails remains open. The trail may be closed if fire conditions change. At this time, no structures are threatened.
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?
Fishers (members of the weasel family, related to minks and otters) were reintroduced to Olympic National Park in 2008-10. They are native to the forests of Washington, including the Olympic Peninsula, but disappeared due to overtrapping in the late 1800s/early 1900s and habitat loss.