• 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 »

North Cascacdes Fire Update August 19

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Date: August 19, 2009
Contact: Kerry Olson, 360 854-7302

Fire Bulletin Boards
Fire information boards are placed in visitor areas to notify and educate them about ongoing fires in the park. Fire activity updates, maps, photos, and messages about the benefits of natural fire are posted.

Overview: Twelve fires ranging in size from a single tree to 350 acres have been burning in the North Cascades National Park Complex since late June. All twelve fires were started by lightning. The total acreage for all fires combined is 646 acres. Five of these fires are being managed with suppression tactics to protect the public, and infrastructure in the area. The other seven fires are being managed for resource benefits.

Current Situation: Yesterday, the Elija Fire and the Panther Fire in Panther Creek were producing light smoke. No smoke was observed from the: Rhode Fire, Crapper Fire, or the Cascade Fire. Lack of smoke production does not mean a fire is out. Fire may remain in the ground, slowly burning the roots of trees and smoldering in the duff layer. Numerous fires are burning in Canada and Washington State causing smoke and haze within the park and surrounding areas.

Today’s dry, hot weather makes conditions right for fire activity to move from the ground into fuels above the ground. Initial attack crews are on alert for new fire starts. North Cascades firefighters will be monitoring the level of fire activity at each fire from road patrols. Firefighters are not on the ground fighting designated suppression fires due to steep, inaccessible terrain. Helicopters are available to assist firefighters by making water drops if requested.

Conditions and Fuels: Fires are burning in fire adapted ecosystems. Fires are in subalpine mixed conifer forests.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Skies will be mostly sunny today with temperatures between 85- 97 degrees. Winds will be light, 3-8 mph. Fire behavior and smoke intensity may increase as a result of this hotter, drier weather. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms late Thursday afternoon and evening.

Resources Assigned to the Fire: Personnel: Park staff supported by single resources
Aircraft: 2 helicopters, one Type 3 (light) and one Type 2 (medium)

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

HIGHWAY 20: Highway 20 is open. Park visitor facilities have not been affected

Did You Know?

Junior Ranger Totem: Raven

Anyone can become a North Cascades Junior Ranger! Pick up one of the four FREE activity booklets at any of the visitor or information centers. Complete the activities and earn your official junior ranger badge! Download the booklet here. More...