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Contact: Denise Shultz
Two firefighters rappelled from a helicopter on Saturday afternoon to begin work on the lighting-caused Pierce Mountain Fire, which remains under one acre in size; low clouds prevented an earlier start.The fire has burned trees, downed logs, and vegetation at about 3,400’ elevation in rock cliffs.
The fire is approximately 0.5 miles from Ross Dam and Ross Lake Resort in Ross Lake National Recreation Area, a part of North Cascades National Park Service Complex. Due to the proximity to the resort and dam facilities, fire officials opted to actively suppress the fire, rather than risk the possibility of a persistent fire that might spread rapidly in less favorable weather conditions.
All trails remain open at this time.