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PostThu Jul 30, 2020 11:56 am 
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OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — A wildland fire suspected to be of human origin exploded Thursday along the steep slopes above East Beach Road at Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park.

Story from Peninsula Daily News by Michael Carman
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PostThu Jul 30, 2020 11:04 pm 
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OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE

East Beach Road Fire Burning North of Lake Crescent


Aerial photo of East Beach Road Fire
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Port Angeles, WA– A wildfire was discovered yesterday just North of East Beach Road near Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park. The East Beach Road Fire was first reported to Olympic National Park Fire Management around 4:00 pm on July 29, 2020 and is estimated to be approximately 63 acres.  The fire is suspected of being human ignited and the cause and origin are under investigation.

If anyone was in the area on the afternoon of July 29th and noticed human activity on the North Side of East Beach Rd that may have contributed to the fire, please call the Tip Line below. You don't have to tell us who you are, but please tell us what you know. Information from other visitors is often extremely valuable.


CALL or TEXT the ISB Tip Line 888-653-0009


The fire is burning primarily on a south facing slope in steep heavy timber with shrub understory and is being pushed uphill by terrain driven winds. Heavy smoke and isolated single tree torching may be visible in the coming days as there is a warm dry weather pattern expected for the region.

The fire is being managed by Olympic Interagency Fire Management. An aggressive full suppression strategy is being implemented with multiple resources including aircraft, hand crews and wildfire engines.

East Beach Rd is closed from Hwy 101 to Log Cabin Resort. Access to East Beach Rd between Hwy 101 and Log Cabin Resort is for local residents only.

Log Cabin Resort is still operating and anyone trying to gain access to Log Cabin Resort will need to take Hwy 112 to Piedmont Rd.

Day use recreation sites along East Beach Road in Olympic National Park are closed to the public at this time.

For updated information please visit http://www.nps.gov/olym or call the park’s Fire Information Hotline at (360) 565-2986.

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PostThu Jul 30, 2020 11:23 pm 
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Thank you for posting.

Started out at 20 acres Wednesday about 4:00 pm, 63 acres when the ONP press release went out at 4:45 PM Thursday.

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Friday July 31 2020 12:52 PDT

East Beach Road Fire Update 07/31/20

Incident Summary:
On Wednesday July 29 at 4 pm a wildfire was discovered just north of East Beach Road near Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park. The East Beach Road Fire was first reported to Olympic National Park Fire Management and is estimated to be approximately 63 acres. The fire is burning primarily on a south facing slope in steep heavy timber with shrub understory and is being pushed uphill by terrain driven winds. Heavy smoke and isolated single tree torching may be visible in the coming days as there is a warm dry weather pattern expected for the region. Suspected of being human ignited and the cause and origin are under investigation.

Current Situation:
The Western Washington Type 3 Incident Management will be taking over the East Beach Road fire today at noon. The team is composed of multi agency firefighters from all over Western  Washington who specialize in managing wildland fires. The team will be working with the National Park Service and Washington Department of Natural Resources to develop a plan to fully suppress the fire and minimize its impact on the landscape. The plan for today is to work on access at the north end of the fire working off of old logging roads. Firefighters will continue to arrive throughout the day and start working on securing line around the fire.

Evacuations and Closures: East Beach Rd is closed from Hwy 101 to Log Cabin Resort. Access to East Beach Rd between Hwy 101 and Log Cabin Resort is for local residents only. Log Cabin Resort is still operating and anyone trying to gain access to Log Cabin Resort will need to take Hwy 112 to Piedmont Rd. Day use recreation sites along East Beach Road in Olympic National Park are closed to the public at this time.

Cooperating Agencies:
Olympic National Park , Department of Natural Resources Olympic Region, Olympic Interagency Fire Management, Clallam County Sheriff’s Department and Emergency Services.

East Beach Road Fire Status:

Acres Burned : 65 acres

Cause: Human Caused

Engines: 5

Tenders: 2

Helicopters: 3

Hand Crews : 5

Heavy Equipment: 3

Fallers: 2

Containment: 0%

Total personnel: 125

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Saturday August 1, 2020 11:40 PDT

Incident Summary:
On Wednesday July 29 at 4 pm a wildfire was discovered just north of East Beach Road near Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park. The East Beach Road Fire was first reported to Olympic National Park Fire Management. The fire is burning primarily on a south facing slope in steep heavy timber with shrub understory and is being pushed uphill by terrain driven winds. Heavy smoke and isolated single tree torching may be visible in the coming days as there is a warm dry weather pattern expected for the region. The fire is suspected of being human ignited and the cause and origin are under investigation.

Current Situation:
Friday the fire continued to actively burn throughout the day. The observed fire behavior was 3-5 feet flame lengths with creeping and smoldering activity on the flanks of the fire Air resources were very active flying over the fire helping cool hot spots. Plan for today is to improve on the existing control lines that were started yesterday . On the east and west edges of the fire they are initiating hose lays. On the northern edge of the fire they are scouting access to the top of the fire to create and improve roads as potential line Weather is expected to shift to cooler moist conditions Sunday evening into Monday.

Evacuations and Closures:
East Beach Rd is closed from Hwy 101 to Log Cabin Resort. Access to East Beach Rd between Hwy 101 and Log Cabin Resort is for local residents only. Log Cabin Resort is still operating and anyone trying to gain access to Log Cabin Resort will need to take Hwy 112 to Piedmont Rd. Day use recreation sites along East Beach Road in Olympic National Park are closed to the public at this time.

Cooperating Agencies:
Olympic National Park , Department of Natural Resources Olympic Region, Olympic Interagency Fire Management, Clallam County Sheriff’s Department and Emergency Services.

East Beach Road Fire Status:

Acres Burned : 65 acres

Cause: Human Caused

Engines: 6

Tenders: 2

Helicopters: 3

Hand Crews : 9

Heavy Equipment: 1

Fallers: 2

Containment: 15%

Total personnel: 205

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PostMon Aug 03, 2020 5:24 pm 
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OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — The East Beach Road Fire grew to 84 acres Sunday, but firefighters got a break with a cool, damp marine system that came into the area this weekend that helped tamp down the fire.

A total of 225 firefighters and eight hand crews are battling the blaze, which ignited Wednesday in steep terrain on a hillside on the north side of Lake Crescent.

The fire was still listed at just 15 percent contained Sunday, although crews have been busy all weekend building lines around it.


Smoke rises from the East Beach Fire above East Beach Road at Lake Crescent on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, as people enjoy the outdoors at Log Cabin Resort in Olympic National Park. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

East Beach fire grows to 84 acres, reports PDN

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PostTue Aug 04, 2020 11:16 pm 
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News Release Date: August 4, 2020

East Beach Road Fire Status:


Acres Burned: 84 acres
Cause: Human Caused
Engines: 3
Tenders: 0
Helicopters: 0 assigned but available locally
Hand Crews: 5
Heavy Equipment: 0
Fallers: 2
Containment: 65%
Total personnel: 175 (with anticipated reduction in crews throughout the day)

Incident Summary: On Wednesday July 29 at 4 pm a wildfire was discovered just north of East Beach Road near Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park. The East Beach Road Fire was first reported to Olympic National Park Fire Management. The fire is burning primarily on a south facing slope in steep heavy timber with shrub understory and is being pushed uphill by terrain driven winds. Smoke may be visible in the weeks to come as the fire continues to smolder and creep in areas too hazardous for fire personnel to work in. The fire is suspected of being human ignited and the cause and origin are still under investigation.

Current Situation: Firefighters continue to manage the fire with hose systems allowing direct water delivery to hot spots. Fire personnel will work to widen and improve existing fire line. Monday brought cool and misty weather patterns to the region, the minimal rainfall did not extinguish the fire. Due to continued rolling debris and hazardous work areas, smoldering and creeping of fire activity is expected to continue over the next few weeks. Inversion layers and shifting wind patterns may push smoke into areas surrounding the fire. Operations begin to reduce personnel as containment percentages increase on the fire.

Evacuations and Closures: East Beach Rd is closed from Hwy 101 to Log Cabin Resort. Access to East Beach Rd between Hwy 101 and Log Cabin Resort is for local residents only. Log Cabin Resort is still operating and anyone trying to gain access to Log Cabin Resort will need to take Hwy 112 to Piedmont Rd. Day use recreation sites along East Beach Road in Olympic National Park are closed to the public at this time.

Cooperating Agencies: Olympic National Park, Department of Natural Resources Olympic Region, Olympic Interagency Fire Management, Clallam County Sheriff’s Department and Emergency Services.


From the Western Washington Type 3 Incident Management Team Facebook Page on
August 4, 2020



Due to the hazardous situation East Beach Road will be closed to all traffic in the fire footprint. This area is roughly 2 miles from the 101 intersection. The closure is due to immediate hazards from rolling debris as well as a danger tree located in an unsafe area to fall and remove. All access west of the fire needs to be accessed from Highway 112.


Here is an example of some of the danger trees that are throughout the interior of the #eastbeachroadfire. These trees are weakened by fire and pose a threat to firefighters falling and rolling down the hill. Fallers are used to bring down trees in directions that minimize fire spread and make suppression safer for firefighters.

Peninsula Daily News Tuesday update
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PostWed Aug 05, 2020 4:08 pm 
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Hazard trees on steep terrain pose a danger to firefighters. Duff and debris in the understory of the fire footprint continue to smolder and creep.

News Release Date: August 5, 2020

East Beach Road Fire Status:

Acres Burned: 84 acres
Cause: Human Caused
Engines: 2
Tenders: 0
Helicopters: 0 assigned but available locally
Hand Crews: 3
Heavy Equipment: 0
Fallers: 2
Containment: 65%
Total personnel: 84

Incident Summary: On Wednesday, July 29 at 4 pm a wildfire was discovered just north of East Beach Road near Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park. The East Beach Road Fire was first reported to Olympic National Park Fire Management. The fire continues to smolder on a south facing slope in steep heavy timber with shrub understory acting as the main fuel. Smoke may be visible in the weeks to come as the fire continues to smolder and creep in areas too hazardous for fire personnel to work in. The fire is suspected of being human-ignited and the cause and origin are still under investigation.

Current Situation: Fire operations begin right sizing as fire containment progresses. Hazard trees and rolling debris within the fire footprint pose a danger to motorists traveling along East Beach Road. As a result, a hard closure is implemented for East Beach Road (see details below). Firefighters continue extinguishing hot spots and are cautiously and deliberately identifying snags and hazards within the fire footprint to mitigate potential road damage from rolling debris. Anticipate ongoing smoke in the Lake Crescent and surrounding areas as the fire continues to smolder within the forest understory.

Road Closures: Due to this hazardous situation, East Beach Road is closed to visitor traffic at the Hwy 101 intersection. Log Cabin Resort is still operating and can be accessed via Hwy 112 to Joyce-Piedmont Rd. All day use recreation sites along East Beach Road in Olympic National Park are closed. Local residents can access property up to 2 miles west of Hwy 101 or from Log Cabin Resort up to the hard closure.

Cooperating Agencies: Olympic National Park, Department of Natural Resources Olympic Region, Olympic Interagency Fire Management, Clallam County Sheriff’s Department and Emergency Services.
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PostThu Aug 06, 2020 10:26 pm 
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OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — The number of firefighters working the East Beach Road Fire at Lake Crescent continues to be trimmed or “right-sized” as fire containment progresses, the Western Washington Type 3 Incident Management Team overseeing the operations said Wednesday.

The fire remained at 84 acres in size with 65 percent containment Wednesday.

Peninsula Daily News update by Michael Carman
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PostFri Aug 07, 2020 12:25 am 
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Such a powerful photo!

The downhill instep of this tree has been shaved away, but not deeply notched.  Is the idea a delayed felling, when the fire burns through the thinner area first and eventually topples the tree in the chosen direction?

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Firefighters cautiously monitor smoldering understory in steep terrain. Minimal fire activity may continue within the forest floor until autumn months provide substantial rainfall.

ONP News Release Date: August 7, 2020

East Beach Road Fire Status

Acres Burned: 84 acres
Cause: Human Caused
Engines: 1
Tenders: 0
Helicopters: 0 assigned but available locally
Hand Crews: 1
Heavy Equipment: 0
Fallers: 0
Containment: 83%
Total personnel: 39

Incident Summary: On Wednesday, July 29 at 4 pm a wildfire was discovered just north of East Beach Road near Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park. The East Beach Road Fire was first reported to Olympic National Park Fire Management. The fire continues to smolder on a south facing slope in steep heavy timber with shrub understory acting as the main fuel. The fire is suspected of being human-ignited and the cause and origin are still under investigation.

Current Situation: Recent rain brought 0.2 inches of precipitation to the fire area; however, the minimal rainfall did not extinguish the fire. Even with wetter weather, the East Beach Road Fire has potential to smolder and creep in heavy accumulations of downed logs, underground root systems, and forest debris. Occasional smoke at Lake Crescent and the surrounding area will most likely continue until heavy rainfall in autumn months. Flames may be visible after sundown as fire activity becomes more noticeable in the night sky. Fire officials will continue to monitor fire behavior and provide updates as needed if the situation changes. Expect a reduction in daily updates as fire activity diminishes.

Road Closures: Due to the hazardous situation, East Beach Road is closed to visitor traffic at the Hwy 101 intersection. Log Cabin Resort is still operating and can be accessed via Hwy 112 to Joyce-Piedmont Rd. All day use recreation sites along East Beach Road in Olympic National Park are closed. Local residents can access property up to 2 miles west of Hwy 101 or from Log Cabin Resort up to the hard closure.

Cooperating Agencies: Olympic National Park, Department of Natural Resources Olympic Region, Olympic Interagency Fire Management, Clallam County Sheriff’s Department and Emergency Services.
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