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Maple Fire More Active

Winds pushed activity on the Maple Fire and the wildfire burning in the Olympic National Forest near Hamma Hamma is now 1,727 acres and 44% contained.

Looking at the Maple Fire from the 2502 Road

However, 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. Crews will focus on holding and improving roads, rivers and creeks where the fire is currently held in check. The fire is expected to continue burning and emitting smoke until steady, seasonal rains extinguish this wildfire.

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Air Quality Alert in Effect

An Air Quality Alert for smoke has been issued for Western Washington. Unhealthy air will become common across the area due to smoke from large wildfires in British Columbia and on the east slopes of the north Washington Cascades. Some improvement in ventilation is expected late Wednesday.

Children, the elderly, and individuals with respiratory illnesses are most at risk of serious health effects. If you experience respiratory distress, you should speak with your doctor.

City Construction Schedule 8/20 to 8/24

Crews continue working on several infrastructure improvement projects in Shelton that are impacting traffic around the City. This construction includes the Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project, Downtown Connector Project, Turner Avenue Revitalization Project, and Cascade Natural Gas. As a reminder, there are several temporary traffic revisions and lane closures in effect in the downtown area. Traffic revisions mentioned in this update are subject to change without notice, and may not include all potential revisions and/or lane closures that could be implemented. Here are where crews are working August 20 to August 24.

Downtown Connector Project:

  • Olympic Highway North will be open. The roadway is reduced to two lanes, one in each direction.
  • Work Areas:
    1. Along Alder St. between 3rd St. and 7th St., no anticipated closures.
    2. Between Alder St. and Birch St. from 3rd. St. to 7th St., no anticipated closures.

Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project:

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State Highway Road Construction 8/19 to 8/25

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from August 19, 2018 to August 25, 2018.


US 101 – Lynch Road – Safety Improvements
US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s)  352.5
Description: Crews working for WSDOT will begin safety related enhancements at this intersection. The overarching goal is to help reduce the potential for crashes while keeping people moving.

Crews will make the following improvements:
• build a 1,200-foot-long acceleration lane for Lynch Road drivers merging onto northbound US 101 (heading toward Shelton);
• build a 1,140-foot-long acceleration lane for Lynch Road drivers merging onto southbound US 101 (heading toward Olympia).
The acceleration lanes will enhance drivers’ ability to reach highway speeds before merging onto the highway.

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Maple Fire Slowly Creeping West

Heading into the weekend, the Maple Fire continues to slowly creep westward along Jefferson Ridge. Smoldering vegetative material rolls downhill and ignites the fuel below, causing “fingers” of fire to spread from the main fire toward the Hamma Hamma River near Lena Lake Campground. Fire crews will clear brush, trees and other fuels along Forest Road 2502 to serve as a backup containment line.

The fire backs down Jefferson Ridge on the south bank of the Hamma Hamma River. Photo by Jacob Welsh

According to an Infrared (IR) flight Thursday night, the wildfire burning in the Olympic National Forest about five miles west of U.S. Highway 101 and Hood Canal is now 1,668 acres in size and 52% contained.

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Celebrating Ten Years of Caring with Free Dump Day

The United Way of Mason County celebrated ten years of Day of Caring with a wave of orange and a free dump day. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC’s Dedrick Allan explains in this video report.

The free dump day in Belfair runs 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM in the parking lot between Hawkins Middle School and North Mason High School.

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Two Outstanding Treatment Plants in Mason County

Two treatment plants in Mason County are among the 111 wastewater treatment plants in Washington State to win outstanding performance awards.

The Washington State Department of Ecology honors the state’s top-performing wastewater treatment facilities with annual Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance Award. Among those to achieved full compliance with their water quality permits in 2017 were the Alderbrook Resort & Spa Wastewater Treatment Plant and the City of Shelton Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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Watch North Mason School Board

Watch the August 16, 2018 North Mason School Board meeting. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC provides a live video stream of the meeting beginning at 6:30 PM. The North Mason School Board meets on the third Thursday of each month.

During the meeting, Superintendent Dana Rosenbach updated the Board on talks with Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife regarding the Theler Wetlands and the transfer of the Sweetwater Creek to the Port of Allyn. Action during the meeting included approval of the District’s 2018-2019 Budget.

Click here for the meeting’s agenda.

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City Preparing for Paving

Starting tomorrow, Friday, August 17th, City of Shelton crews will be starting prep work for residential paving in the following locations in the Angleside area:

• Kineo Loop/9th Street from Grant to 10th Street
• South 3rd Street from Wyandotte to Kineo
• Satsop Avenue from South 2nd to South 3rd Street.

Roadways will be closed intermittently during work hours, approximately 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM until further notice. Signs will be on display designating the work area. Accommodations will be made for local traffic.

Management of Maple Fire Changing

A new team will takeover management of the Maple Fire on Friday. The wildfire burning in the Olympic National Forest near Hamma Hamma is now 1,396 acres in size and 52% contained.

Team 10 will transition fire management responsibilities to Western Washington Incident Management Type 3 Team under the leadership of Jim Shank at 6 AM Friday. The incoming team will continue the long­ term strategy of keeping the fire between Forest Road 25 to the north and Forest Road 2401 to the south.

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