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Four lightning ignited fires are burning in North Cascades National Park Service Complex. Three fires are located in the North Unit of the Park Complex, and one in the Flat Creek drainage. In addition, a fire in British Columbia, Canada will close vehicle access to Hozomeen as of Thursday, August 9, until further notice.
The Arctic Jim Fire is located in the Arctic Creek drainage north of Mount Prophet and is approximately 350 acres. The fire has moved over the north side of the ridge and is currently held at a rock scree. Firefighters are monitoring movement in relation to the Little Beaver Trail.
The Prophet Fire started as a single-tree ignition and is showing limited growth. It is located west of Ross Lake in a saddle west of Mount Prophet on the ridge between Arctic Creek and Big Beaver. Firefighters are monitoring movement in relation to the Big Beaver Trail.
The No Doubt Fire is located on the southwest aspect on the upper 1/3 of Nodoubt Mountain. There has been minimal growth and firefighters are monitoring movement in relation to the Chilliwack Trail.
The Flat Fire is located in the drainage above the confluence of Flat Creek and the Stehekin River and is approximately .2 acres. Firefighters began active suppression with helicopter water drops. A three-person hand crew comprised of North Cascades firefighters hiked in and is actively engaged using minimum impact suppression techniques. The crew is making good progress in the containment of the fire.
Due to fire activity in the park and surrounding areas, entry to the park via Hozomeen is not possible. Permits will not be issued for backcountry trips starting in Hozomeen. Hozomeen Campground will remain open to boat-in or hike-in camping for trips originating from the south. Additional lightning storms are predicted and fire conditions may change. Firefighters are monitoring fire movement in relation to trails and camps and the park may close areas if conditions warrant. For up-to-date information on closures visit web alerts on the park website at, www.nps/gov/noca, or call the Wilderness Information Center at 360-854-7245.