[VIDEO] Fire officials held a public meeting Friday night to update residents on the wildfire burning in the Olympic National Forest near the Hamma Hamma community. A standing room only crowd filed into the Hamma Hamma Fire Station to hear what is being done to fight the Maple Fire while keeping people safe.
The fire, which is 995 acres in size and 12% contained, is burning in steep, inaccessible terrain. With firefighter and public safety as the top priority, crews will continue to prevent the fire from moving eastward by building containment lines, spraying water, utilizing helicopter support and burning out. Crews will install hose-lays supported by portable pumps to supply water to strengthen lines along the eastern flank.
Officials say they will not fully contain the fire and let it naturally burn out.