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.

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