Small wildfire near Lake Crescent stopped by crews

By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News

LAKE CRESCENT — A small wildfire in Olympic National Forest north of Lake Crescent has been stopped by fire crews at just over an acre.

The ground fire, named the Pyramid Fire, was burning in an old clearcut area and has been surrounded by fire lines, said Dean Millett, district ranger for the Pacific Ranger District of Olympic National Forest.

Fire crews from both the U.S. Forest Service and state Department of Natural Resources responded to the fire, Millett said.

Half of the fire line was completed overnight, and the second half contained the perimeter early Monday morning, he said.

The cause of the fire is thought to be human-caused, he said, and is near an informal ATV trail that goes through the area.

There is no expectation that the fire will spread, given weather and forest conditions and the quick response, Millett said.

A 10-man foot-crew will remain on the scene until all fire activity is gone, he said.

The fire was first reported Sunday, and there was initial confusion as to which fire control jurisdiction the fire was in.

It was burning in an area that is close to private timberland, the Olympic National Park border and Department of Natural Resources lands.

Gov. Jay Inslee, who was in Port Angeles as a participant in a bike tour Monday, said that he had been briefed on the Pyramid Fire along with the many other, far more serious fires that have been burning in the eastern part of the state.

“The fire danger is so extraordinary this year. We get one dampened, and another pops up,” Inslee said.

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Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsuladailynews.com.

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