- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) - A wildfire burning in a remote area of Olympic National Park in Washington state has scorched more than 1 square mile.

Fire managers said Tuesday that the blaze, which is burning in a wilderness area about 13 miles north of Quinault, continues to spread north and northeast into high mountains and rugged terrain.

Fire managers who surveyed the wildfire by air Monday night mapped its size at nearly 800 acres. No properties are currently threatened.

A federal team is being organized to respond.

Park officials say the fire was caused by a lightning strike in late May. It smoldered and wasn’t detected until June 14.

The fire is more than 12 miles from the Queets River trailhead.


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