East Beach Road Fire 75 percent contained

‘Water dogs’ seen with wetter weather

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — The East Beach Road Fire is now 75 percent contained, the Western Washington Type 3 Incident Management Team overseeing the operations said Thursday.

The fire remained at 84 acres with 84 firefighters at the blaze.

The fire was reported July 29 just north of East Beach Road near Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park.

It is suspected to be human caused. An investigation is underway.

“As fire smolders and creeps in forest duff, crews will continue to extinguish hot spots within the fire footprint,” Thursday’s update said.

“Due to the steep hazardous terrain some of these hot spots will remain inaccessible for fire personnel and will continue to produce occasional smoke. The familiar wispy clouds of the Pacific Northwest that settle into hillsides and valleys can often be mistaken for smoke. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as ‘water dogs’ by firefighters.

“While smoke from the fire is expected until early fall, water dogs will also be present as cooler wet weather settles over the region.”

East Beach Road remains closed to visitor traffic at its intersection with U.S. Highway 101.

Log Cabin Resort is still operating and can be accessed via state Highway 112 to Joyce-Piedmont Road.

All day-use recreation sites along East Beach Road in Olympic National Park remain closed.

Local residents can access property up to 2 miles west of U.S. Highway 101 or from Log Cabin Resort up to the hard closure.

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