Maple Fire Continues Burning West

The Maple Fire’s activity increased somewhat with recent warm weather and relative low humidity. As of 9 AM Thursday, the wildfire burning five miles west of U.S. Highway 101 near Hamma Hamma is now estimated at 3,000 acres in size and 39% contained. Officials say the Maple Fire continues to burn slowly and steadily west in steep inaccessible terrain. It is NOT spreading NE or south. Crews are holding and improving roads, rivers and creeks where the fire is currently held in check.

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. 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.