Wildfire Update - New fire near Newhalem
Contact: Kerry Olson, 360 854-7302
The Crapper Fire was reported in the afternoon of July 28. The fire is located about one mile southeast of Newhalem and the North Cascades National Park Visitor Center just up from the Newhalem Creek. It is about 2 acres in size. The fire is in steep terrain making it difficult to place firefighters. Nevertheless, through the use of helicopter bucket drops the fire was slowed substantially. Firefighters and aircraft resources will continue to work on this fire until it is out.
The Pyramid Fire was located south and above Pyramid Lake in North Cascades National Park. The fire was less than one acre in size. It burned in mixed live and beetle killed conifer trees. Smoke jumpers were dispatched and suppressed this fire.
The Moon Fire was located about nine miles northwest of Stehekin in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. The fire was less than one acre in size and burned primarily in beetle killed conifer trees in the Moon Creek drainage. North Cascades National Park Firefighters suppressed this fire due to its proximity to the Upper Stehekin Valley.
The Luna Pilot Fire has burned less than one acre in the northern region of the park. The fire is on the northeast flank of Luna Peak and just up from Luna Creek and it showing very little activity.
The Panther Creek Fire has continued to burn down to and along Panther Creek to the west – away from HWY 20. The fire is now estimated to be 215 acres in size. Most of the burning has occurred at the base of the fire near and along Panther Creek. Fire managers continue to manage this fire with anticipated actions if or when the fire reaches specified parameters.
The Panther Creek Trail is closed from the trailhead on Highway 20 to Fourth of July Pass until further notice.
Highway 20 is open. Park visitor facilities have not been affected.
For current fire information, contact the North Cascades Visitor Center in Newhalem (206-386-4495), the Wilderness Information Center (360-854-7245) in Marblemount or visit www.nps.gov/noca/parknews/
To learn more about wildland fire in the National Park System go to: www.nps.gov/fire/fire/fir_wildland.cfm
For Wildland fire updates on wildfires throughout the national visit: www.nifc.govor www.inciweb.org