Maple Fire Slows but Still Grows

The Maple Fire has slowed a bit but is still growing. The fire is now estimated to be at 2,725 acres in size and 39% contained. Officials say the wildfire “laid down a bit with cooler temperatures and a bit of rain” over the weekend but it is still burning in very steep and difficult terrain. It is moving slowly and burning underbrush and dry moss.

Maple Fire burning off the 2401 Road

Primary fire growth continues be west along Jefferson Ridge where rolling burning material has the potential to ignite fuels allowing for uphill runs.

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. 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.