More Progress Made on Maple Fire

Fire crews continue to make progress on the Maple Fire, the wildfire burning in the Olympic National Forest near Hamma Hamma. According to the latest information, the blaze is now 52% contained and remains at 1,245 acres in size.

On Tuesday, crews completed brushing along Forest Road 25 to serve as the north containment line. Fire crews continued to secure Forest Road 2480 by extinguishing or removing burning material along the eastern edge of the fire. Hoselays and sprinkler systems are operating along the south and east side of the fire.

On Wednesday, fire crews continued chipping debris along Forest Roads 25 and 2401. They will also be extinguishing burning material and cutting hazard trees to improve firefighter safety along Forest Road 2480. Due to the steep, inaccessible terrain, firefighters will not engage on the west flank of the fire on Jefferson Ridge but will be monitoring fire growth on the west and north side.

The long term strategy is to keep the fire between Forest Road 25 and Forest Road 2401 while monitoring fire behavior and progression to the west. Residents and visitors to the area will continue to see smoke from fires from California to Canada.

Closure in the Olympic National Forest continue including Forest Roads 25, 2502, 2421, 2401, 2441, 2401, 2421, and 2480. Trail closures issued for Living Legacy Interpretive Loop (#802), Upper/Lena Lake Trail (#810 & #811), Beaver Pond Loop (#815), Putvin Trail (#813), Mildred Lakes Trail (#822), Jefferson Ridge/Lakes Trail (#808), and Upper/Lower Elk Lake Trail (#805). Facility closures include Hamma Hamma Cabin & Campground; Lena Creek and Lena Lake Campgrounds.

There are no evacuations in place.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) reamins in place over the Maple Fire area, restricting access for all unauthorized aircraft including drones. Anytime a drone flies over a wildfire all aircraft must be grounded, which can drastically inhibit critical fire suppression efforts. Flying any aircraft within the TFR is prohibited and violators will be prosecuted.