Unhealthy Air Should Improve by Thursday

More unhealthy air around the North Olympic Peninsula today. But the good news is it won’t be here much longer.

Mike McFarlane of the NWS in Seattle says marine air should push the smoke out by Thursday.  .

Both air monitors in Neah Bay and another in PA showed very unhealthy Air this morning.

McFarlane  says the hazy smoke is coming from BC.

      Wed August 15 News

Meanwhile, the Maple Fire burning near Hamma Hamma in ONF has scorched 1245 acres as of Tuesday afternoon and is now 52% contained.

Unhealthy Air on West End Today

Lots of unhealthy air around the North Olympic Peninsula today.  That as smoke from the Maple Fire near Brinnon continues drifting north.

The state department of ecology says the air monitor at Cheeka Peak was showing Very unhealthy air this morning while another monitor just north in Neah Bay showed unhealthy air.  A monitor in PA also showed very unhealthy air today while a monitor in Taholah showed unhealthy air.

      Tue Aug 14 News

All the north Olympic peninsula monitors from Aberdeen to Port Townsend are showing at best air that is unhealthy for sensitive groups.  Forecasters are saying the smoke could clear by later this evening.

Suicides Continue to Climb in Clallam County

Clallam County Suicides in 2018 are outpacing 2017  – and that was a record year for suicides in the county.

Clallam County Prosecutor and Coronor Mark Nichols says there were 19 self-inflicted deaths in Clallam by Aug. 6 compared to 13 through Aug. 31, 2017.

      Mon Aug 13 News

The 19 suicides as of Aug. 6 this year — with almost five months to go in the year — compares to 23 in all of 2017, which was a record year for at least the last decade.

Nichols plots suicides by the month, along with deaths by drug overdose and accidents

More than 2/3s of the Clallam County suicides this year are from self-inflicted gunshots.

Officials: Maple Fire to Burn for Foreseeable Future

As the fast-moving Maple Fire continues to torch forestland near Hamma Hamma north of Shelton, initial analysis suggests that it will be burning for a long time.

      Fri August 10 News

Officials say the fire grew to 811 acres by Thursday afternoon.  They expect it to grow by 100 to 200 acres a day for the foreseeable future.  The fire is just 5% contained.  DNR officials say it will continue to burn until the weather changes.

National park, forest enact campfire restrictions

Olympic National Park, Olympic National Forest and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest have restricted campfires to developed campgrounds, picnic areas, and rental cabins with cement or metal fire rings only.

This includes the coastal areas of Olympic National Park.

      Thu August 9 News

The restriction began Wednesday and will continue until further notice.

Federal land managers are instituting fire restrictions due to the long-term forecast for hot and dry weather, the current commitment of firefighting resources battling numerous wildfires around the nation, and the strain any new uncontrolled fires would place on these resources, according to a news release.

“With the high fire danger and staff already committed to suppressing fires across the country, we are enacting this fire restriction to conserve our firefighting resources and to help prevent additional fires,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum.