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Contact: Rainey McKenna, 360-565-2985
Crews have succeeded in re-opening several popular areas on the park's west side, following a storm that brought wind speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour and downed numerous trees and limbs. Today, roads and campgrounds were re-opened in the Hoh and Quinault Rain Forests and rangers expect to open Kalaloch campground by the end of the day tomorrow.
"Given the severity of this late summer storm, we were very fortunate that there was minimal damage and no injuries," said Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. "Over the last two day crews have worked diligently to remove debris, manage employee and visitor safety and remove hazards related to the storm."
Crews continue to clear debris from the Mora road and campground, which sustained the most damage from the storm. A timeline for reopening the road and campground has not yet been determined,
Spruce Nature Trail in the Hoh Rain Forest is closed due to fallen trees and debris. Crews are working to clear and re-open the trail before the holiday weekend.
Ozette will remain closed through Wednesday, while crews continue to clear downed trees and debris on the Sand Point and Cape Alava trails.
Visitors are urged to use caution when traveling through the park, obey posted closures and watch for debris, workers, equipment and traffic control devices.