Obstruction Point Road reopens in Olympic National Park

Minimal activity from the Cox Valley fire allows for change in status on route.

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — Obstruction Point Road reopened Sunday following a few days of minimal activity from the Cox Valley fire, according to Olympic National Park.

Closures still in effect are the Elwha River Trail from Hayes River Ranger Station south to Chicago Camp and the Hayen Pass Trail from Dose Meadows west to the Elwha River Trail.

With cooler moister weather throughout the weekend, the four fires were much less active Saturday than they had been recently.

On Saturday, the Godkin Fire 25 miles south of Port Angeles along the Elwha River spanned 521 acres; the Hayes fire 20 miles south of Port Angeles spanned 2,310 acres; the Cox Valley Fire 12 miles south of Port Angeles spanned 57 acres; and the Ignar Creek Fire 22 miles northeast of Lake Quinault had increased from less than an acre to 30 acres.

The Ignar Creek Fire burning within the Quinault River basin experienced moderate fire activity, and no new acreage determination had been made due to heavy smoke and cloud cover over the fire.

The fire is south of the river and growing up the valley and is within about 1/2 mile of Upper O’Neil Creek.

The Enchanted Valley Chalet is not threatened at this time. A structure protection plan has been completed and materials are staged should the need arise.

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Reporter Jesse Major can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at [email protected].

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