• 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 Update August 10

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Date: August 10, 2009
Contact: Kerry Olson, 360 854-7302

No new fires have been discovered in North Cascades National Park Complex since Monday, August 3rd. However, several of the existing fires continue to grow slowly and produce smoke. Cloudy weather since Friday has limited most aviation activities, but fire personnel did take advantage of clear skies Sunday afternoon to do some reconnaissance and bucket work with helicopters. General haze in the Park area is due to fires all around the area, not just from fires in the Park. Surrounding National Forests have numerous small fires, and there are several large fires burning in southern and southwestern British Columbia.

The Rhode Fire is ¼ acre, locatednear Colonial Campground. Little activity has been noted for several days.

The Crapper Fire is 2 acres. The fire is located about one mile southeast of Newhalem and the North Cascades National Park Visitor Center. The Flush Fire and Tank Fire are both small fires discovered Aug 1 near the Crapper Fire. These three fires are being suppressed due to their proximity to the infrastructure around Newhalem. No smoke was seen on any of these fires from the air, during flights on Sunday.

Fire personnel have suppressed 9 other fires resulting from lightning storms of the last 2 weeks.

The Panther Creek Fire has continued to burn down to and along Panther Creek to the west – away from Highway 20. The fire is now estimated to be 230 acres in size.

The Elija Fire is now approximately 350 acres, located 4 miles above Highway 20, on the east side of Panther Creek. It is the most active of the managed fires. Smoke is settling into the Highway Corridor and the lakes.

The Cascade Drainage Fire is 2 acres, located southwest of Boston Basin, above the Cascade River Road. The fire has moved downhill and to counter further movement towards the road, some limited containment actions (water drops from a helicopter), were begun on Sunday.

The Brush (66 acres) and Easy (less than ½ acre) Fires are both located on either side of Brush Creek, about 3 miles southeast of Copper Mt. Lookout. The fire has continued to move further downhill to towards Brush Creek.

The Fourth of July Fire is ½ acre, located in Panther Creek.

The Bouck Fire is 1/10 acre, located near Bouck Lake.

The Luna Pilot Fire is one acre on the northeast flank of Luna Peak.

The Panther Creek Trail is closed from the trailhead on Highway 20 to Fourth of July Pass, until further notice.

The Brush Creek Trail is closed from Whatcom Pass to the Chilliwack River, until further notice.

Except for these trail closures, Park visitor facilities have not been affected by any of the fires.

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.inciweb.org/incident/1718/

To learn more about wildland fire in the National Park System go to: www.nps.gov/fire/fire/fir_wildland.cfm 

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.