Management of the Maple Fire is now under local control. The Type 3 Western Washington Incident Management Team transferred command to the local Olympic Interagency Fire Management team Friday, August 24th. The new team will continue to meet objectives identified by the Olympic National Forest (ONF) and the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Fire operations will be based out of the Brinnon Fire Department. Fire information boards will be located at the ONF Headquarters Office in Olympia, the Visitors Center in Hoodsport, the Brinnon Fire Department and the Hood Canal Ranger District Office in Quilcene. Given the fire’s low activity, fire updates will be distributed as needed.
Meanwhile, the Maple Fire remains within the identified containment lines and firefighters are monitoring growth along Jefferson Ridge as the wildfire continues to slowly creep to the west. The fire has not moved to the north east or south but is expected to continue to spread west due to steep, inaccessible terrain. Crews will focus on holding and improving roads, rivers and creeks where the fire is currently held in check. The fire is expected ot continue burning and emitting smoke until steady, seasonal rain extinguishes it.
The ever-present threat of both live and dead trees falling remains in the fire area, where root systems have been burned off or severely compromised. Exposed roots systems may cause these trees to fall unpredictably, presenting a major risk to firefighter and public safety.
The Maple Fire is now 2,152 acres in size and 39% contained.
Closures remain in effect.
Due to the active fire in the area, recreationists hoping to hike the Lena Creek Trail over Labor Day weekend are being asked to plan a different destination. This popular trailhead lies within the established closure area based on proximity to the fire. The Hamma Hamma Road (Forest Road 25) that accesses this area is CLOSED. Other road closures include Forest Roads 2502, 2421, 2401 and 2441.
Also closed: Olympic National Forest recreation sites include Living Legacy Interpretive Loop (#802), Upper/Lena Lake Trail (#810 and #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.