Yesterday, fire behavior and fire movement were slow on the Paradise Fire; this was attributed to cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels. This activity is characteristic of how the Paradise Fire has been burning since it was detected – it slows in cooler temperatures and becomes more active as the weather becomes warmer and drier.The local Type 3 team that has been managing the fire provided an in-briefing and orientation to the Pacific Northwest National Incident Management Organization (NIMO).The NIMO also flew a reconnaissance flight of the fire. A community meeting was held in Quinault last night and 23 members of the public attended.
Today, fire growth in the Queets drainage is expected to continue. Crews are monitoring its movement and taking suppression actions when it is safe to do so. They continue to hold the fire east of Bob Creek and north of the Queets River. The NIMO team will tie in with crews in the field today to discuss the new organization. Current resources include 2 crews, 3 helicopters, and support personnel. A total of 102 people are assigned to the incident.
Temperatures are expected to increase as the week progresses and lightning is in the forecast for this weekend. Increased fire activity is expected on the Paradise Fire, and new fires are anticipated from potential lightning strikes. Because of the high fire potential, Olympic National Park has instituted a ban on all open fires in the park’s wilderness backcountry, including all locations along the wilderness coast. As of 7:00 a.m. this morning, campfires will be permitted only in established fire grates at established front country campgrounds. The burn restriction will remain in place until further notice. Camp stoves may still be used in the park’s wilderness backcountry, but should be operated well away from flammable vegetation and forest litter.