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 2
Contact: Kerry Olson, 360 854-7302
The Rhode Fire is ¼ acre, located near Colonial Campground. A helicopter dropped 4 loads of water on it Saturday, due to its proximity to the campground and Highway 20.
The Flush Fire and Tank Fire are both small fires discovered Aug 1 near the Crapper Fire, just south of Newhalem. Several water drops from a helicopter were made on each fire, due to their proximity to the infrastructure around Newhalem.
The Thornton Fire was 1/10 acre. Discovered Saturday afternoon, it was suppressed by 4 firefighters, due to the possible threat to Highway 20 and adjacent power lines.
The following new fires are being managed by Fire Personnel
The Elija Fire is 10 acres, located about 4 miles above Highway 20, on the east side of Panther Creek.
The Cascade Fire is 1/10 acre, located southwest of, and below, Boston Basin, above the Cascade River Road.
The Bouck Fire is 1/10 acre, located near Bouck Lake.
The Fourth of July Fire is ½ acre, located in Panther Creek.
The Crapper Fire is 2 acres. The fire is located about one mile southeast of Newhalem and the North Cascades National Park Visitor Center near the Newhalem Creek Trail.
The Panther Creek Fire has continued to burn down to and along Panther Creek to the west – away from Highway 20. The fire is now estimated to be 220 acres in size. Fire personnel continue to manage this fire and will take planned actions if or when the fire reaches specified parameters.
The Luna Pilot Fire has burned less than one acre in the northern region of the park. The fire is on the northeast flank of Luna Peak, just up from Luna Creek, and is showing very little activity.
The Panther Creek Trail is closed from the trailhead on Highway 20 to Fourth of July Pass until further notice. Except for this trail closure, Park visitor facilities have not been affected by any of the fires.
HIGHWAY 20: Highway 20 is open.
For current fire information, contact the North Cascades Visitor Center in Newhalem (206-386-4495), the Wilderness Information Center (360-854-7245) in Marblemount or visit www.nps.gov/noca/parknews/
To learn more about wildland fire in the National Park System go to: www.nps.gov/fire/fire/fir_wildland.cfm
For updates on wildland fires throughout the Nation, visit: www.inciweb.orgor www.nifc.gov/fire_info.html
Did You Know?
North Cascades National Park Service Complex includes 684,000 acres near the crest of the Cascade Mountains from the Canadian border south to Lake Chelan.