Maple Fire Daily Update 08-09-18

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Incident Contact, Maple Fire Information

Hamma Hamma, WA – The Maple fire is located 23 miles North of Shelton, WA, above the community of Hamma Hamma. The fire is burning in steep terrain on the Jefferson Ridge Line and North of Jefferson Creek. Elk Lake trail runs through the middle of the fire.

The Maple fire has burned 810 acres, is 5 percent contained and has roughly 163 personnel currently working the fire. Crews and equipment ordered earlier in the week are now beginning to arrive. We expect to have around 300 personnel on the fire by tomorrow. We are also expecting more equipment. Our priorities are to keep the fire from spreading further East, North and South.

Public Meeting: We have a public meeting scheduled for Friday, August 10, 2018 at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the Hamma Hamma fire station, 34571 N US Hwy 101, Lilliwaup, WA 98555.

Participating agencies in fighting this wildfire include the Olympic National Forest and Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

A temporary flight restriction (TFR) has been put in place over the Maple fire area restricting public access for aircraft including drones. The public is reminded that all air operations are grounded any time a drone is sighted within the TFR, which inhibits their ability to do critical fire suppression efforts. Flying within the TFR is prohibited and against the law.

Evacuations: The Hamma Hamma Road leading into the Lena Lake area will be closed today. A Level 3 evacuation notice for this area will be available soon. This means “Leave Now”. Don’t wait, pack your stuff and leave the area. If you were planning to hike or recreate in the area, you must make other arrangements. There are many other beautiful areas along the Hood Canal or along the Peninsula.

Closures: The Olympic National Forest has closed the Jefferson Ridge Trail and Elk Lake Trail as well as their trailheads. The 2401, 2421, and 2480 roads are closed to public access. Lena Lake area is now closed with the official notice to follow. Visitors in the Hood Canal and surrounding areas may continue to see heavy smoke while the Maple fire continues to burn.

Hot and dry temperatures will Thursday with relative humidity in the mid 30’s. Cooler weather is expected Friday afternoon and heading into the weekend. Today, the fire is expected to continue burning heavily interior causing a large column of smoke with continued heavy smoke. Fire danger will remain extremely high across the state. Be sure to check with your local fire agencies for restrictions and for forest and state closures.