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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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PostFri Jul 31, 2020 1:00 pm 
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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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PostSat Aug 01, 2020 11:47 am 
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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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