Forest fires are nothing new for the Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park- a fire near Forks, WA burnt 38,000 acres in 1951. Forest fires can be good, in a way, clearing out the underbrush, downing old giants, and pressing the reset button on the wilderness along rivers and valleys. Yet, there is something disconcerting about a fire burning nearly 1,000 acres in one of the most remote sections of wilderness in the contiguous United States. As the fire continues to grow, we are providing coverage and updates as best we can, with the help of the amazing people over at Inciweb. The area is closed to the public, but the following shots show the growth of the fire, as well as the crews fighting this rainforest blaze. Scroll all the way down to watch a video of a Smoke Jumper descending into the Queets Rainforest to fight the fire.
Made in the great Pacific Northwest
By Douglas and Mathias in Olympia, Washington and Livingston, Montana.