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 »
Tolo Fire has not grown
Contact: Becky Banker, (360) 854-7365 ext.11
The Tolo Fire has remained at 154 acres since Thursday, July 19, 2007. The fire is located in the North Cascades National Park, approximately 15 miles northwest of Stehekin, WA, in extremely steep and rocky terrain. Because of rolling debris and heavy fuels, the safety of the firefighters continues to be the top priority. Lookouts are providing surveillance of fire activity and air and ground operations, in order to protect firefighters and direct helicopter water drops.
Clear skies and a mild warming trend have allowed air operations to use direct suppression on the fire. Both helicopters and hand crews are being used for this direct attack. Two ground crews were airlifted to areas along Bridge Creek to begin establishing a line along portions of the fire. Although fire growth has been minimal, contingency plans are currently being developed should an increase in fire activity occur.
Local, county, state, and federal agencies will be prepared to act should community safety become a concern. In addition to direct attack where it can be done safely, current suppression efforts include indirect attack and structure protection. Historic cabins, shelters and bridges at High Bridge and Bridge Creek camps are being protected. Monitoring by lookouts and air surveillance will continue.
Skies have been clear at North Cascades National Park. However, as the weather warms, smoke may be more visible than in the past several days. Stehekin visitors and businesses have not been impacted by the fire.
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.