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 »
Prescribed Burns planned for Stehekin Area
Contact: Kerry Olson, 360 854-7365 ext 13
Taking advantage of the cooler and wetter fall weather, North Cascades National Park fire crews are preparing to burn two units within the next two weeks. The exact timing of the prescribed burns will be determined by environmental conditions. The 54 acre Weaver Point unit is located across Lake Chelan from the Stehekin Landing near the Weaver Point Campground. The Boulder unit is located at the head of Lake Chelan and continues up slope toward Boulder Mountain. Fire crews are planning to burn 300 acres of this 658 unit at this time. U.S. Forest Service fire managers and the North Cascades Smokejumpers will assist with the burns.
Prescribed burns are the careful application of fire within defined boundaries. They are only conducted when very specific environment conditions, or prescriptions, are met. Fuel moisture, temperature and wind direction are important factors. The burn plans require that winds push smoke away from the burning units.
These treatments reduce the build-up of fuels, such as sticks, needles and other plant matter, and are intended to protect communities from wildfire. Specifically, the Boulder prescribed burn will provide a sheltered fuel break between the upper drainages of Little Boulder and Boulder Creeks and the Stehekin Valley floor. It will also protect the road system, which provides the primary emergency escape route for people from their valley homes to the boat landing. The Weaver burn will protect structures and the campground at Weaver Point from future wildfire. Prescribed burns also enhance habitat for fire-dependent plants and animals and help increase ecosystem diversity by stimulating new vegetation growth.
Visitors and residents can expect to see smoke from these two prescribed burns until significant rain or snow extinguishes the fires.
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.