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'Smoldering' ONP fire remains 1.5 acres in size

 

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, Olympic National Parks officials said today, Aug. 9.

The fire is within established fire lines and remains 1.5 acres in size.
 
Yesterday (Aug. 8), a three-person Olympic National Park fire crew, along with a 10-person Washington Department of Natural Resources 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.  
 
Marymere Falls trail remains open. Smoke from the fire is localized and not readily visible from Barnes Point or US Highway 101. There continues to be no threat to any nearby structures, park officials said.
 
The park received a report of the fire at about 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Two park rangers responded to investigate. At about 6 p.m., park and state 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 www.nps.gov/olym/parkmgmt/current-fire-status.htm. 

The fire information line and website will be updated daily or as conditions change.
                                                                                     

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