• 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 »

Update for North Cascades National Park Fires (July 26, 2013)

he Arctic Dan Fire burns in the remote backcountry of North Cascades National Park. Taken July 25, 2013.

Photo: NPS/Jamie Hart
The Arctic Dan Fire burns in the remote backcountry of North Cascades National Park.
NPS/Jamie Hart

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Date: July 26, 2013
Contact: Joe Anderson, Fire Information Officer, 360-854-7356
Contact: Jamie Hart

Marblemount, WA – July 26, 2013 – North Cascades National Park Complex had two fires reported from thunderstorms on Tuesday, July 17, 2013. Personnel have been managing these fires since the last update.

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 Tuesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 25, 2013.

The Arctic Dan fire, from the same thunderstorm, has become more active due to lower humidity and higher temperatures. It is located on the south side of the Arctic Creek Drainage, west of Ross Lake. Smoke is visible from Hozomeen, Ross Lake, and Highway 20. Aerial reconnaissance on Thursday, July 25, 2013 indicated that the fire has grown to approximately 15-30 acres in size. 

These wilderness fires will continue to be managed by National Park Service staff. North Cascades National Park has no closures in effect at this time, although smoke will be noticeable from these fires. As temperatures continue to warm up and humidity drops, please be aware of local burning bans and campfire restrictions. 

"For more information, please contact Joe Anderson, Fire Information Officer, 360-854-7356 or email Jamie_Hart@nps.gov.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Stephen Mather Wilderness comprises 93% of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex. About 400 miles of trail provide access to this rugged Wilderness.