Nisqually to Paradise Delays
Road construction from the Nisqually Entrance to Longmire. Expect a 30-minute delay, Monday through Friday. More »
High Water & Inclement Weather Create Hazardous River Crossings
Several Wonderland trail bridges on the White River and Carbon River have been washed out by high water. Be advised that some crossings will need to be forded, and in some cases may be impassable while inclement conditions continue. More »
Lightning-Caused Fire burning in Mount Rainier National Park’s Wilderness
Contact: Patti Wold, 360-569-6701
A lightning-caused fire was ignited when a storm cell moved through the park on Saturday, September 8th. The Three Lakes Fire is being managed under a full suppression strategy due to limited firefighting resources that are currently in high demand for large fires, and to the fire's close proximity to the historic Three Lakes patrol cabin and the Wenatchee National Forest boundary. Suppression efforts include construction of fire line in steep terrain using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics, and water drops. The fire is at 5 acres, 80% containment, and is expected to be fully controlled on Tuesday. It is burning near the east park boundary within a mile of Three Lakes.
Saturday's fire activity was mainly smoldering and creeping with torching of isolated trees, backing downhill within containment lines. North Cascades Smokejumpers arrived Sunday morning to assist with ground operations.
The Laughingwater Creek Trail is closed from SR123 to the crest for visitor safety. All other park trails remain open.
Smoke in the area is mostly from fires burning outside the park.
Twenty-five personnel are assigned to the incident including North Cascades Smokejumpers, Mount Rainier National Park firefighters, a helicopter and crew from Denali National Park, and additional support staff.
Did You Know?
On June 24th, 1947, pilot Kenneth Arnold sighted nine strange objects "flying like a saucer would" passing by his plane as he flew near Mount Rainier. His encounter is considered the first widely reported UFO sighting, and triggered many similar accounts of "flying saucers".