Wildland Fire Information

A thick white plume of smoke rises from behind a forested mountain ridge.
Smoke from the Norse Peak fire viewed from Shriner Peak Lookout on August 12, 2017, not long after the fire's start.

Caroline Meleedy Photo

Fire has shaped Mount Rainier's landscape for thousands of years, and is important for the survival of many plants and animals. Naturally ignited wildland fires are beneficial to the park ecosystem, removing dead wood accumulation and recycling nutrients back into the soil. Most fires at Mount Rainier are suppressed but the park Fire Management Plan allows select fires to be managed to benefit the park's ecosystem.

The park's primary fire management goal is to return fire as a natural ecosystem process. Equally important are protecting life and property. The safety of firefighters and the public is always the highest priority during any firefighting activity.

In-depth information on fire management in the park is available in the Mount Rainier National Park Fire Management Plan.


Active Wildland Fires

Last Updated: December 8, 2017
No current fire activity.

Past Wildland Fires

2017 Norse Peak Fire

Thirteen fires were ignited by lightning on August 10th and 11th, 2017, in the vicinity of the William O. Douglas and Norse Peak Wilderness Areas on the Naches Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The fires burned in steep rocky terrain, with difficult access. Two of the fires reached significant size: the Norse Peak Fire (north of State Route 410 (SR410) near Union Creek) and the American Fire (between SR410 and Bumping Lake).
Norse Peak Fire Incident Information
Mount Rainier News Release, September 21, 2017

Last updated: December 8, 2017

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