A wildfire spread to 250 acres in the wilderness of Olympic National Park, according to the National Park Service.
A wildfire burned 250 acres in the Queets Valley, deep in the Olympic National Park wilderness, on Tuesday, the same day Washington state officials announced a burn ban for state-protected lands east of the Cascade Mountains.
The fire is about 12 miles from the Queets River trailhead, according to the National Park Service. A fire monitor observed the burning near the confluence of Paradise Creek and the Queets River on Monday afternoon.
The Queets River Trail is closed at Bob Creek until further notice to protect the public, the park service said. A three-person Olympic National Park crew hiked to the area Tuesday to assess the fire, and a wildland fire crew from Northern California will arrive Wednesday to develop a long-term strategy for monitoring the fire.
The cause of the fire is unknown.
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A burn ban for state-protected lands east of the Cascades begins Wednesday and runs through Sept. 30, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The ban applies to state forests, state parks and forestlands that are protected by the DNR, but doesn’t cover federal lands such as national parks.
All outdoor burning in Eastern Washington forestlands is banned, with the exception of fires in approved fire pits in designated state, county, municipal and other campgrounds are allowed.
The ban is limited to Eastern Washington but may eventually be extended to Western Washington, the DNR said.