The Paradise fire smoldered under a drizzle most of Friday. The forecast for this coming weekend is for increased chance of rain. This gives the sense of a fire going dormant, however, over the next week the predictions are for warmer temperatures and this can heat up the fire area.  When the fire warms there will be increased smoke. This cycle could be ongoing through the summer and into the fall. We will have crews on the fire monitoring and addressing hot spots as they occur. There is a strategy in place that will access needs as the fire goes through various changes over the next few months. This will help with decisions when making sure we have the right size organization for the size of the fire.

The Paradise fire is in a remote area and most people won’t see it. As conditions and weather changes, there will most likely be visible smoke and at night, embers may be seen at night.

This fire will continue to burn and smoke into the fall months. It will take fall rains or a fire season ending weather event to saturate the ground below the thick forest canopy before this fire can be extinguished.

Today is an important anniversary and stark reminder of why our safety processes are in place.  

Fire personnel today are taking time to remember the life of wildland firefighter Andy Palmer.  Andy was an Olympic National Park firefighter from Port Townsend who died while on a fire in Northern California, 7 years ago today.  He was struck by a tree that fell.  His tragic death prompted the entire wildland fire community to re-evaluate safety procedures, and we have new protocols for deciding what areas are safe to work in, and for medical evacuations.  Every life matters.  Today we remember Andy and honor his life and his service in the community of wildland firefighters.

Please be safe when visiting the Olympic National Park and surrounding area. Check on the following links for restrictions or closures

http://www.nps.gov/olym/index.htm

www.waburnbans.net

For real time information, visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paradise-Fire/831205013596015. Basic information is also available on Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4305/.  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