• 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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  • State Route 20 closed at Mile Post 134, Ross Dam

    After a brief closure at Newhalem due to an avalanche and unstable conditions, SR 20 has re-opened to its normal winter closure point at MP 134, Ross Dam. The highway will remain closed from Ross Dam to MP 171 (Silver Star Creek) until spring re-opening. More »

  • Ross Dam Haul Road Closure Continues

    A short segment of the Ross Dam Haul Road between the Diablo Lake suspension bridge and the tunnel remains closed to public use due to continued recovery following a March 2010 landslide. The closure will remain in effect through 2014. More »

  • Notice of planned work for the Cascade River Road, fall 2014

    Visitors planning to access the park via the Cascade River Road after Labor Day should be advised that the Park Service is planning a fall closure of this road at Eldorado Creek (3 miles before the end of the road) in order to perform permanent repairs. 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?

North Cascades is now on Flickr!

North Cascades National Park is uploading its digital image library to Flickr! Be inspired, download your favorite images, or even add your own vacation photographs to the group pool: Friends of the North Cascades. More...