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 »
North Cascades National Park Complex Fire Update (August 9, 2013)
Contact: Rick Acosta, Fire Information Officer, 360-854-7356
Contact: Jamie Hart, Jamie_Hart@nps.gov
Marblemount, WA – August 9, 2013 - Below are four, lightning caused fires that are being managed by North Cascades National Park Complex. The current weather forecast shows more lightning tonight and throughout the weekend. Lightning fires are natural, but need to be reported in a timely manner. Be on the lookout for new smoke reports as the busy weekend continues.
The Ruby fire estimated at 0.5 acres in size, is located on the south slope of Ruby Mountain, about 6,000 feet elevation. It is smoldering in steep and rugged terrain in patchy brush and sub-alpine timber. Due to the unsafe terrain, staff are monitoring via aerial reconnaissance and visual lookouts along Highway 20. Little smoke may be visible from Colonial Creek Campground, Thunder Creek Trail, and/or Highway 20.
The Arctic Dan fire, estimated at 250 acres, is burning in the remote backcountry in steep, rugged terrain in heavy timber. It's located on the west side of Ross Lake between Arctic Creek and No Name Creek, within the Stephen Mather Wilderness. It is being monitored with aerial reconnaissance and staff at Desolation Lookout. Little smoke may be visible from Highway 20, Hozomeen, and/or Ross Lake.
The Sourdough Chute fire, estimated at 0.5 acres, is located on the south side of Sourdough Mountain, below the lookout. A helicopter dropped water on the fire to suppress it on July 23 & 25, 2013. No smoke has been reported from this fire recently. Monitoring will continue through the remainder of the fire season.
The McAlester fire, estimated at 20 feet by 35 feet, is located north of Lake Chelan, in the McAlester Creek drainage near Hock Mountain. It was burning in brush and sub-alpine timber. Starting August 5, two smokejumpers suppressed the fire. It is currently controlled as of August 8, 2013.
Did You Know?
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.