Active Wildland Fires
Last Updated: August 10, 2018.
Spooky Tree Fire
On the Cowlitz Divide, just off the Wonderland Trail, about 1/4 mile north of the WT/Cowlitz Divide trail junction. Lightning start on 7/28, approx. 40' X 20'. Suppression actions taken July 29 and 30, fire is in patrol status. Update 8/9: No smoke seen from this fire since last suppression efforts, but not yet declared out.
Fan Lake Fire
Discovered July 30th, probably same ignition date as Spooky Tree. Near a ridge top at 5200 feet, west of the Muddy Fork of the Cowlitz. Very little smoke production, is in patrol status. No actions taken on fire. Update 8/9: Even with red flag conditions the last few days, this fire still seems to be poking around, only putting up faint/occasional smoke. Planning for an aerial assessment. The resources required to safely put people on the ground at this fire location are not currently available.
Cowlitz Peak Fire
Called in by hikers on the Wonderland Trail at mid-day 8/9, looks to be 1/2 acre fire on the north aspect of Cowlitz Peak. Unknown start date, may have been from storm on 7/28. Exact location and size-up to be completed by same overflight as for the Fan Lake fire on 8/10.
Wrong Creek Fire (to north of park)
Estimated 68 acres with 43 personnel assigned, the fire is located in dense forest on steep terrain in the West Fork of the White River drainage. Because of limited access to the fire and the limited availability of firefighting resources, firefighters were only able to make a limited attack on the fire. Due to the number of large regional and national fires, local firefighting resources are not sufficient to continue direct attack on the fire. Local fire managers have outlined a long range fire suppression strategy to address future fire behavior. The park has been included in these longer-term plans. Update 8/9: Management of this fire was handed back over to the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest on Sunday, currently staffed by an ICT4 and one or two FOBS (field observers). Report from 8/8 was fire had grown to 90 acres, with most growth on the southeast flank towards the West Fork of the White River. Fire behavior reported as limited with backing, occasional single-tree torching.