Wildfire closes road at Hurricane Ridge

By Peter Segall and Leah Leach
Peninsula Daily News
August 30, 2023
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — A lightning strike is believed to have ignited two small wildfires at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park on Monday, one of them immediately prompting closure of Hurricane Ridge Road, park officials announced Tuesday. The fire was reported late Tuesday afternoon. Visitors at the Ridge were evacuated and the road from Port Angeles was closed. By late Tuesday, it had grown to 1 acre, Jared Low, supervisory interpretive ranger said. Hurricane Ridge Road remained closed as the Olympic Interagency Fire Management Unit, which is made up of ONP and Olympic National Forest firefighters, continued to fight the blaze. A second fire, also considered to be ignited by lightning at about the same time, was reported near the parking lot at the end of Obstruction Park Road, Low said. Late Tuesday, it was reported to be 0.8 acres in size.

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