Olympic National Park sets prescribed burns starting Monday

The Olympic Interagency Fire Management Program and park road crew have planned and prepared for prescribed burns of five woody debris piles beginning Monday, Oct. 4, Olympic National Park representatives said.

The debris piles are located in the Sol Duc, Elwha, Hoh, Mora and Quinault maintenance areas of Olympic National Park.

No area closures are anticipated at this time, ONP officials said.

“Road clearing operations in Olympic National Park generate large amounts of debris and pile burning is the most convenient and cost-effective method of disposal,” officials noted in a press release.

Smoke will be visible at times from nearby trails and roadways while the burns are in progress. Signage will be used to notify the public.

Smoke impacts are expected to be minimal, park officials said; however, they noted, it is impossible to predict weather patterns and smoke behavior.

Locations of the prescribed burns have experienced cool and cloudy weather with significant precipitation and there are no concerns with fires escaping, they said.

“The operations will be managed with employee and public safety as the first priority,” park officials said.