Evan as we see a few clouds moving into the area, local fire danger continues to be at extreme levels, with a wildfire currently burning in the woods near Pe Ell. The Department of Natural Resources says that more than 200 firefighters are involved in the response to the Fork Peak Fire, which reportedly has grown to 117 acres in timberland about five miles west of Pe Ell. DNR officials say that the fire was first reported last Friday, but they haven’t said anything about the cause. This fire is now listed as about 50 percent contained, as the aggressive response continues. It doesn’t appear that any structures have been threatened by this fire.
Meanwhile, Port Blakely is once again closing all of its timber holdings in Washington and Oregon to public access. The closure is indefinite, and will continue until further notice. They say that the prolonged hot and dry weather has led to higher-than-normal forest fire danger, so all of their holdings in both Washington and Oregon are closed to all access, including vehicles, pedestrians and horses.