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Upper and Lower Lena Lake and The Brothers Trails Closed Due to Mt. Lena Fire Activity
Fire Information: 360-565-2986

Jefferson and Mason Counties, Washington, September 8, 2020 - Due to extreme fire danger and concern for public safety, Olympic National Forest is implementing a fire closure of the Lena Lake trail system (Trails # 810, 811, and 821) due to its proximity to the Mt. Lena Fire.  The closure prohibits public access to trails that lead to both Upper and Lower Lena lakes, as well as the southern portion of The Brothers Wilderness. All visitor use past the Lena Lake trailhead at the junction of Forest Road 25 is prohibited. The trail and area closure will be in place until the fire no longer poses a threat to the area.

The Mt. Lena Fire, located in the southeast portion of the national forest in the Hamma Hamma area, is burning in extremely steep, inaccessible terrain burning within 0.5 miles of the Lena Lake trail system. The Mt. Lena Fire has become significantly more active as a result of hot, dry, unstable weather conditions that are expected through much of this week. 

The Mt. Lena Fire was started by lightening on August 16. The use of rappelers and helicopter water drops during initial attack and subsequent rainfall were unsuccessful in containing the fire. Fire personnel are continuing to evaluate the fire’s behavior to inform ongoing management decisions. No suppression actions are being taken at this time. Smoke from the Mt. Lena fire may be visible at times.

On Tuesday, September 8th, offshore flows contributed to heavy smoke on the Olympic Peninsula from fires in Eastern Washington, Oregon and Canada.  Detailed information about air quality and wildfire smoke impacts on health as well as smoke modeling tools and guidelines for considering whether to modify activity can be found online at www.wasmoke.blogspot.com.

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