Wildfire in Capitol State Forest causes some recreation closures

helicopter fighting fire in Capitol State Forest

A helicopter fighting the fire in Capitol State Forest. Photo by: Chuck Turley

5/7 Update: Fire is now 90% contained at 80-acres. Roads are open. Use caution. There may be heavy equipment still in use. 

 The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is fighting a wildfire that started early Sunday morning in Capitol State Forest; the cause of the fire is still under investigation (more information on the fire).

The fire has burned 60 acres, affecting hiking, mountain biking, and horse trails.

Roads and recreation sites affected by the fire

The C-line road is closed starting from the Delphi Entrance near Noschka Road (see Capitol State Forest map). 

Location of fire activities in Capitol State forest. Photo: DNR

Location of fire activities in Capitol State forest. Photo: DNR

From the Rock Candy Entrance, C-4000 is closed as well. Fall Creek Campground and Trailhead, Little Larch Trail, Wedekind, and Green Line Trail are just a few of the main recreation sites affected by these road closures.

The closure may land right in the middle of our recent wave of nice weather, but you don’t have to let this inconvenience keep you from enjoying the sunshine. Here’s a list of a few great alternative recreation areas within 50 miles of Capitol State Forest.

Tahuya State Forest. Tahuya offers recreation opportunities for a variety of activities, including off-road vehicle riding (ORV), horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, camping and other uses.

Green Mountain State Forest. Located a few miles west of Bremerton, Green Mountain offers 13 miles of trails and recreation opportunities for a variety of activities including horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, camping, and other uses.

Elbe Hills and Tahoma State Forest. Located 6 miles east of Elbe, Elbe Hills offers trails for horseback riding, ORV riding, hiking, and camping.

Outdoor burning is the leading cause of wildfire ignition. One of the best ways to protect access to your local recreation area is to manage your campfires responsibly. Be sure to follow these tips next time you enjoy an evening around the fire:

  • Never leave a campfire unattended at any time.
  • Drown fire thoroughly with water.
  • Stir until cold.
  • Drown fire again and stir.
  • Never leave a campfire until it is completely out and cool to the touch.

It looks like it’s shaping up to be a beautiful summer! Be safe out there and remember, you are our eyes and ears in the forest. That makes you our best chance in catching wildfires and other issues early on. To report a fire, call 9-1-1. To report other illegal activities call 1-855-883-8368 or email forestwatch@dnr.wa.gov .

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