• View from Sourdough Mountain Overlook  A view looking down onto Diablo Lake. Photo Credit: NPS/Michael Silverman, 2010.

    North Cascades

    National Park Washington

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  • Cascade River Road will be open as normal through fall/winter 2014

    Cascade River Rd. will be open in 2014 until snow conditions make it impassable to vehicles, as normal. The road closure that was planned to begin September 8 has been postponed beyond 2014 due to unforeseen circumstances. More »

  • Lone Mountain Fire - National Park Service Trail Closures

    The Lone Mountain Fire in North Cascades National Park is approximately 5 mi NW of Stehekin in the Boulder Creek drainage. Boulder Creek Trail is closed. More »

  • Re-opening of Adjacent U.S. Forest Service Road and Trails that Access North Cascades NP Complex

    The area closure of the Twisp River Road and the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest due to wildfires has been lifted as of August 19, 2014. More »

Fire Management

Flick Creek Fire

The Flick Creek Fire burns close to Lake Chelan and Stehekin in the late summer of 2006.

Fire Management in the North Cascades is as complex and varied as the topography and forest ecosystems because it involves responding to a variety of fuel types and conditions, coordinating with communities and other agencies, and relying on scientific data to monitor fire effects and assess long term trends in the ecosystem.

Read more about fire management in the North Cascades in the Fire Management Plan.

The National Park Service's Fire Management Office in Boise, Idaho has published some great bulletins on many fire topics. These print on demand publications are currently up on the website. They are located at http://www.nps.gov/fire/public/pub_POD.cfm.

The available high quality PDFs are:

  • NPS Fire and Aviation Management
  • Burned Area Restoration
  • National Park Service Fire Management Careers
  • National Park Service Wildland Fire Timeline
  • Benefits of Natural Fire
  • Wildland Urban Interface

Did You Know?

lupine is a common flower in dry sunny areas

In addition to Wilderness, Recreation Areas and National Park designations there are also five Research Natural Areas in the complex: Silver Lake, Pyramid Lake, Boston Glacier, Stetattle Creek and Big Beaver Valley.