• View from Sourdough Mountain Overlook  A view looking down onto Diablo Lake. Photo Credit: NPS/Michael Silverman, 2010.

    North Cascades

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  • Diablo Lake To Be Drawn Down Three Feet on Sept. 17 and Early Oct., Trailer-Launched Boats Affected

    On September 17 and October 1-15 Diablo Lake will be drawn down 3 vertical feet for facility repairs. During the drawdown, boats with trailers will not be able to launch or take boats off the water. Hand-launched vessels will still be able to launch. More »

  • Cascade River Road will be open as normal through fall/winter 2014

    Cascade River Rd. will be open in 2014 until snow conditions make it impassable to vehicles, as normal. The road closure that was planned to begin September 8 has been postponed beyond 2014 due to unforeseen circumstances. More »

  • Lone Mountain Fire - National Park Service Trail Closures

    The Lone Mountain Fire in North Cascades National Park is approximately 5 mi NW of Stehekin in the Boulder Creek drainage. Boulder Creek Trail is closed. 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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News Release 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?

Cascading stream

The North Cascades are well known for the abundant waterfalls that lace the mountains. Two of the best known waterfalls are Gorge Falls between Newhalem and Diablo along State Route 20 and Rainbow Falls in the Stehekin Valley.