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Sunday, August 28, 2016

8/28/2016 Olympic National Park Fire Update


Obstruction Point Road Reopens Sunday at Noon

Following a few days of minimumal fire activity on the Cox Valley fire, fire managers are reopening the Obstruction Point road effective Sunday. Closures still in effect are the Elwha River Trail from the Hayes River Ranger Station south to Chicago Camp and the Hayen Pass Trail from Dose Meadows west to the Elwha River Trail for safety reasons. The Elwha River road remains closed at the Madison Falls trailhead, as flood damage repair work continues following winter flooding.
Cooler Moist Weather Reduces Fire Activity

Godkin, Hayes and the Cox Valley fires were much less active on Saturday with little growth but continued to produce moderate smoke throughout the day. Smoke was less evident in the low land valleys surrounding the park throughout Saturday.

The Ignar Creek Fire burning within the Quinault River basin, experienced moderate fire activity, no new acreage determination has been made due to heavy smoke and cloud cover over the fire. The fire is south of the river and growing up valley and is within about 1/2 mile of Upper O’Neil Creek. The Enchanted Valley Chalet is not threatened at this time. A structure protection plan has been completed and materials are staged should the need arise. Fire crews are in the area patrolling and monitoring the fire and advising visitors of the situation. Please use caution when hiking in the area as all trails remain open within the vicinity of the Ignar Creek Fire.

Fire activity is expected to be minimal Sunday due to an onshore flow producing higher relative humidity, cooler temperatures, and less winds. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid 60’s with relative humidity at 46-53% and winds out of the southwest up to 7 mph. Short waves of cool moist air will come on shore throughout the week with chances of scattered showers.

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