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 »
Campfire Ban Lifted
Contact: Charles Beall, 360-856-5700; ext. 365
Mountlake Terrace, WA
Effective Noon, Monday, September 18th, the ban on open fires on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and North Cascades National Park Service Complex will be lifted due to significant rainfall dampening the forests. The open fire ban has restricted campfires anywhere in the national forest and the national park complex since September 8th.
Campfires are once again allowed in designated fire pits within campsites of Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas and North Cascades National Park. On the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, campfires are allowed in any campground still open to public use and outside of campgrounds in undeveloped recreation sites including our Wilderness Areas.
Dry conditions may persist in some parts of Washington State, in particular Eastern Washington and some parts of the Olympic Peninsula, says Dave Johnson, Fire Staff Officer, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Visitors to those parts of the State are encouraged to check with state, local and federal land management agencies to determine if any campfire restrictions are in place.
The Park Service and Forest Service wish to thank the public for support of this recent campfire ban, says Kelly Bush, Acting Chief Ranger, North Cascades National Park Service Complex, ?and for taking precautions in this very dry summer with their campfires before the ban went into effect. Compliance with the ban was very good, in spite of some inconvenience to campers on recent cold nights.
The public is reminded that even with wetting rains, unattended or abandoned campfires can cause wildfires until the forest floor is thoroughly wet from rain or snow. Camp and warming-fire builders are urged to extinguish their fires completely before leaving the area by dousing flames with lots of water, stirring the ash/water mixture completely, and checking by hand to ensure the ashes are cold to the touch.
Did You Know?
North Cascades National Park Service Complex includes 684,000 acres near the crest of the Cascade Mountains from the Canadian border south to Lake Chelan.