Olympic National Park, Forest lift campfire restrictions

The Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest have lifted all campfire restrictions as of today.

Restrictions were lifted because of recent rain and a resulting decrease in fire danger, said Barb Maynes, park spokeswoman.

Rainfall amounts on the west side of the Olympic Peninsula have reached between 11 and 12 inches since the end of August, with amounts of up to 1 to 2 inches on the northeast side, Maynes said.

The restrictions included a ban on campfires outside of developed areas as well as in some campgrounds.

Fire restrictions were started on June 25, unusually early for the North Olympic Peninsula, Maynes said.

It was necessary because of the zero snowpack in the Olympic Mountains and the drought, she added.

National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service firefighters responded to more than 20 fires within the forest and park this summer, Maynes said.

The blazes ranged from burns of less than 10 acres to the 2,800-acre Paradise Fire, which is continuing in the Queets River Valley.

More in News

Piper Pettit, project manager for the state Department of Transportation, speaks to the Port Angeles Business Association on Tuesday about upcoming fish passage projects that will significantly impact traffic in the city. (Ken Park/Peninsula Daily News)
Culvert plan in Port Angeles told

Construction expected summer 2023 at earliest

Memorial Day edition to be online only

Help available if needed to set up access

Danny McEnerney.
New Jefferson County Fair manager tells of upgrades

‘Focus on providing ways for people to get a dose of joy’

Port Townsend Paper fined for water quality violations

Power outages among reasons for spill, says general manager

Plan could add 3,000 square feet to Sequim Library

More details expected on Thursday

McDonald Creek, as seen from Old Olympic Highway on Sunday, May 22.
McDonald Creek fish passage project expected to begin this summer

Work to improve fish passage in McDonald Creek has moved a step… Continue reading

A crow makes off with a crab stolen from a gull on the beach at the Port Townsend Boat Haven. Cloudy skies are forecast Tuesday and Wednesday with high temperatures near 60 degrees. A chance of rain returns for Memorial Day weekend. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)
Crab dinner to go at boat haven

A crow makes off with a crab stolen from a gull on… Continue reading

Washington state’s rate of COVID-19 cases on the rise

The rate of COVID-19 cases is rising in Washington. The… Continue reading

Orca, stuck overnight, finds its way into Strait

Researchers identify whale as 8-year-old male from transient pod

Most Read