• 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 Cascades Fire Update August 18

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

Fire Update 8-18-09
Aerial reconnaissance missions are planned this week.

Overview: Twelve fires ranging from a single tree to 350 acres have been burning in the North Cascades National Park Complex since early August. All twelve fires were started by lightning. 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: Wet weather last week significantly decreased the level of fire activity, while this week, hotter and drier weather is expected to increase fire activity. The North Cascades fire management team and crews will be assessing the current level of fire activity at each fire by aerial and ground observations for the next few days to determine which fires remain active.

Conditions and Fuels: Fires are burning in fire adapted ecosystems. Fires are in alpine and subalpine mixed conifer forests that are located in steep, inaccessible terrain.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Skies will be mostly sunny today with temperatures reaching 85-93 degrees. Winds will be light, 4-8 mph. Tomorrow, temperatures are expected to climb to near 100 degrees in the Stehekin area. Fire behavior and smoke intensity may increase as a result of this hotter, drier weather.

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.

To learn more about wildland fire in the National Park System go to:

For updates on wildland fires throughout the Nation, visit: www.inciweb.org or www.nifc.gov/fire_info.html

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.