The basis of judgment for evaluating the Hayes River Fire Cache is a Conservation policy of preserving the structure for the continued use by park maintenance staff. The underlying principal of this policy is the desire to preserve both the original design and materials of the structure in its landscape setting while addressing life safety issues within a long-term maintenance program. Such preservation measures may include limited restoration of deteriorated material and replacement in-kind of material and assemblies that have reach their service life.
Elements of Significance and Character Defining Features:
Within the goal of preserving the fire cache, the concept of significance plays a vital role in establishing maintenance policy. For historic structures, significant elements are those qualities of the building that provide historic meaning and understanding.
The National Register of Historic Places Registration Form says the Hayes River Fire Cache is significant for its association with the history of the Forest Service keeping fire suppression tools in remote areas. Its design and construction represent practical and functional use of local materials. It has retained integrity of setting, design, materials, and association with an important aspect of the Park's history.
In terms of significant character defining elements of the fire cache, these are embodied in the rustic form of the original log/beam design and construction, the use of a stone foundation, the shake siding for the upper section of the walls, and the use of wood shakes for the sheathing and roof. Replacement in kind is critical in retaining the historic qualities of the fire cache.
The fire cache underwent substantial stabilization work in the spring of 2000. The building was
raised and the stone foundation repaired. All the sill logs were replaced. Additional selected
log replacement was conducted on the front, back and south sides. The extant floor was removed and
new treated floor joist and treated tongue-&-groove flooring installed. The wall shakes on the south
elevation were totally replaced. When assessed in 2006, the structure was found to be in very good
condition with the exception of minor surface deterioration (1/2" depth) on some of the log corners.
With a structure in this good of condition, the primary recommendation is to continue a periodic monitoring, clean the duff and debris off the roof and insure there is good drainage around the building.
Lewis, James G., The Forest Service and The Greatest Good: A Centennial History, Forest History
Society, 2005, p. 76-78.
2 A good example of an early vehicle designed fire cache is the historic structure at the Elwha Ranger Station.