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Contact: Penny Wagner
PORT ANGELES, WA: The park areas at Deer Park and Hurricane Ridge remain closed for public safety due to an ongoing law enforcement incident. The area closure includes the nearby wilderness camping areas and hiking trails. A multi-agency response is in place and we are currently focused on keeping the Deer Park area clear of visitors and resolving the situation.
“The safety of our visitors, our staff, and our first responders is always our priority,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. “We are working with the FBI and local law enforcement agencies to resolve this difficult situation.”
An armed individual is at Deer Park and his vehicle has not left the area. No injuries have been reported and no one has been directly threatened. There is no indication the individual poses an immediate threat to local residents or park visitors.
The National Park Service has evacuated Deer Park and Hurricane Ridge and has worked to help visitors and backpackers exit the areas that are now closed. Deer Park is at the end of a gravel road nine miles from the park boundary and 18 miles from Highway 101. Hurricane Ridge Road is closed above the Heart O’ the Hills campground.
Last updated: August 31, 2021