First Fire of the 2015 Season

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Date: May 22, 2015
Contact: Denise Shultz

A less-than-one acre fire is active high above Ross Lake in North Cascades National Park Service Complex at nearly 4000 feet elevation. Smoke from the Pierce Mountain Fire was reported yesterday by drivers along Highway 20. “The lightning-caused fire started yesterday afternoon in extremely steep terrain,” said Dee Townsend, NPS Fire Management Officer. Low snow pack, high temperatures, and drought conditions contribute to an early fire season.

Two firefighters assigned to the Pierce Mountain Fire will monitor from across the canyon. A helicopter with bucket has been ordered to start work as soon as possible. Helicopter-borne firefighters will also be assigned if the rugged terrain allows.

Weather forecasts include a chance of showers and thunderstorms throughout the area for the next few days.

All trails remain open at this time.


Last updated: May 22, 2015

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