Saturday was a relatively quiet day at the Paradise Fire, burning in a remote area of the Olympic National Park 12 miles North of Quinault. Saturday’s report said the fire had burned 1025 acres of forestland, no structures have been threatened, and the fire is about %20 contained. On Sunday Fire crews in the Queets River Drainage reported light precipitation, slightly cooler temperatures and higher humidity.
The fire continues to advance up the slopes of Pelton Peak, while other portions of the fire saw little growth. Crews continue to work to keep the fire north of the Queets River.
“If this fire were happening in August or September we would be much less concerned about it than we are here in June” said John Giller, Operations Section Chief with the Incident Management Team assigned to the fire. “There is a lot of fire season ahead of us.” On Saturday a paramedic was embedded with the on-site crews as fire officials continue to provide for firefighter safety as a top priority.
Information on this fire can be obtained on Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4305/, and by calling Paradise Fire Information at 360-565-2986. For real time information, visit the Paradise Fire Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paradise-Fire/831205013596015.
For current information about visiting Olympic National Park, as well as information about the history and role of fire in the Olympic ecosystem, please visit the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/olym.