The Hayes Fire has exploded with the return of warm, dry weather.
The Hayes Fire in the Elwha Valley grew by some 1,522 acres Wednesday, from about 1,617 acres to 3,139 acres, fire managers reported Thursday.
The fire, which was started by lightning July 21 about 20 miles south of Port Angeles on a ridge line between the Lost and Hayes rivers, moved southeast toward Hayes Pass and Sentinel Peak on Wednesday.
The nearby Godkin Fire, 25 miles south of Port Angeles along the Elwha River, saw less activity and was estimated at 517 acres.
Water drops from a helicopter were used Wednesday afternoon to strengthen the confinement barrier on the Cox Valley Fire near Hurricane Ridge. It produced a small amount of visible smoke throughout Wednesday and was holding at 56 acres.
Congress designated today (Aug. 26) Women’s Equality Day in 1971 to mark the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which ensured women’s right to vote.
The National Park Service will celebrate its 100th anniversary today with free entry and a birthday party.
A drop-in birthday party is set from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Storm King Ranger Station near Lake Crescent and Marymere Falls to celebrate the establishment of the National Park Service on Aug. 25, 1916.
Entrance fees into Olympic National Park will be waived beginning today and continuing through Sunday.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering free entrance to state parks today only. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks that day.
Today’s celebration also will include plein air artists painting in the Paint the Peninsula competition as they demonstrate their skills at Storm King Ranger Station and Lake Crescent Lodge at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Clark Driese, a Port Angeles-based guitarist, singer and songwriter, will perform acoustic music on the Storm King Ranger Station porch.
At 7 p.m., storytelling will be featured at the NatureBridge campus on Lake Crescent. Professional storytellers Ingrid Nixon and Rebecca Horn will tell tales.
A celebration also is planned at the Kalaloch Campground amphitheater. At 8 p.m., a one-hour program telling of the past 100 years of the park service will begin. It will conclude with a birthday cake and celebration.
Forks Police now have four new defibrillators on hand. That thanks to fundraising efforts by the Forks Hospital staff, the ambulance crews and the Soroptomist International group in town. Police Administrator Rick Bart said Tuesday they were formally presented to police at the city council meeting Monday.
Bart says the four defibrillators will be in Forks police cars. He says they usually get there before the ambulance does. And second count whenever someone is in cardiac arrest and is in need of defibrillation.
Bart says Forks Police are also seeking help in finding a second suspect in the break in at Leppells on Sunday. Bart says one man was arrested this week. He says anyone who may have seen something should say something.