Update for North Cascades National Park Fires (July 26, 2013)
Contact: Joe Anderson, Fire Information Officer, 360-854-7356
Contact: Jamie Hart
Marblemount, WA – July 26, 2013 – North Cascades National Park Complex had two fires reported from thunderstorms on Tuesday, July 17, 2013. Personnel have been managing these fires since the last update.
The Sourdough Chute fire, estimated at 0.5 acres, is located on the south side of Sourdough Mountain, below the lookout. A helicopter dropped water on the fire to suppress it on Tuesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 25, 2013.
The Arctic Dan fire, from the same thunderstorm, has become more active due to lower humidity and higher temperatures. It is located on the south side of the Arctic Creek Drainage, west of Ross Lake. Smoke is visible from Hozomeen, Ross Lake, and Highway 20. Aerial reconnaissance on Thursday, July 25, 2013 indicated that the fire has grown to approximately 15-30 acres in size.
These wilderness fires will continue to be managed by National Park Service staff. North Cascades National Park has no closures in effect at this time, although smoke will be noticeable from these fires. As temperatures continue to warm up and humidity drops, please be aware of local burning bans and campfire restrictions.
"For more information, please contact Joe Anderson, Fire Information Officer, 360-854-7356 or email Jamie_Hart@nps.gov.