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

Norse Peak Fire

Last Updated: October 2, 2017

Thirteen fires were ignited by lightning on August 10th and 11th, 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 are burning in steep rocky terrain, with difficult access. Two of the fires have reached significant size and remain active: the Norse Peak Fire (burning north of State Route 410 (SR410) near Union Creek) and the American Fire (burning between SR410 and Bumping Lake). These fires are all being managed collectively as “Norse Peak.” Resources are being shared between the fires.

As of September 28, minimal fire growth is expected. Isolated pockets of slow surface spread where the fire is sheltered by the tree canopy and continued burning in the larger dead or down trees is still possible.
Norse Peak Fire Incident Information
WSDOT SR410 Travel Alerts
Mount Rainier News Release, September 21, 2017

What is CLOSED?

  • The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Chinook Pass north to Snoqualmie Pass.

What is OPEN?

  • Chinook Pass/SR410 has reopened. All area trails are also open to normal use except for the Pacific Crest Trail.
  • Other areas of the park are open under normal operation. Many areas of the park will be transitioning to winter hours in the coming weeks/months. Check Hours of Operation for current times.

Special Conditions:

  • All evacuation orders have been rescinded.
  • Fire crews are completing operations along the highway outside of the park. Please drive cautiously as they will be monitoring areas along the SR 410 corridor.
  • Unhealthy air quality throughout the park due to smoke from Washington and Oregon wildfires is possible at anytime. Park webcams are a great way to check on current air quality.

Last updated: October 2, 2017

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