People could have ignited wildfire burning in Olympic National Park, officials say

People could have ignited wildfire burning in Olympic National Park, officials say
(Courtesy of Jay Cline at Cline Northwest)

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — A wildfire burning near Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park is thought to have been ignited by people, according to officials with the National Park Service.

The East Beach Road fire was reported at about 4 p.m. Wednesday to Olympic National Park Fire Management and was estimated to have burned 65 acres thus far.

Officials said the fire is primarily burning on a south-facing slope in steep heavy timber and that terrain-driven winds are pushing it uphill.

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Crews are taking an aggressive approach to contain and put out the wildfire, which is being managed by the Olympic Interagency Fire Management. Aircraft, hand crews and wildfire engines are being used in the firefight.

Officials are asking anyone who noticed people in the area of the north side of East Beach Road who may have contributed to the fire to call 888-653-0009.

Right now, East Beach Road is closed from Highway 101 to Log Cabin Resort and is only accessible for area residents.

Officials said Log Cabin Resort is still operating, and anyone trying to gain access to it will need to take Highway 112 to Piedmont Road.