Lightning Sparks Fires on Mount Rainier

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Date: August 12, 2014
Contact: Patti Wold, Information Officer, 360-569-6701

Tuesday, August 12, 2014—Two lightning fires ignited overnight are burning in Mount Rainier National Park's backcountry. The Shadow Lake fire is located near Sunrise and the Scarface West Fire near Grand Park. At this time no structures are threatened.

The Shadow Lake fire is a half-acre in size including several small spot fires. A fire crew is actively suppressing the fire. The Wonderland Trail between White River Campground and Sunrise is closed as a safety precaution. An alternate route is recommended via Glacier Basin and Second Burroughs. Sunrise Camp, White River Campground, and Sunrise remain open.   

The Scarface West Fire is approximately one tenth of an ace in size. The park is currently monitoring this fire which was discovered by a Puget Sound Incident Coordination Center initiated fire patrol flight. There are no closures in place in the vicinity of this fire. Resources assigned to the fires include a helitack crew and a park fire crew.   

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Last updated: February 28, 2015

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