North Cascades National Park News
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National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to evaluate options for restoring grizzly bears to the North Cascades
November 10, 2022 | 7:00 am
The National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service today announced the initiation of a new Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process to evaluate options for restoring and managing grizzly bears in the North Cascades of Washington, where the animals once thrived.
Partial Area Closures Lifted
October 27, 2022 | 3:45 pm
Closures have been lifted to Thunder Creek, Diablo Lake, areas along State Route 20, and East Bank and Desolation areas along Ross Lake.
Burn Ban Lifted in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and Portions of North Cascades National Park
October 19, 2022 | 4:57 pm
Effective Friday, October 21, the burn ban in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and the area of North Cascades National Park located in Chelan County is lifted.
Additional Area Closures due to McAllister Creek Fire
October 14, 2022 | 3:04 pm
Beginning Saturday, October 15, the portion of Thunder Creek Trail from the trailhead to Neve Camp, Panther Creek Trail from the trailhead to Neve Camp, and Thunder Knob Trail are closed due to fire activity. Camp closures include Thunder, Neve, Fourth of July, and Panther camps, and Thunder Point, Hidden Cove, and Buster Brown boat-in campsites along Diablo Lake. All areas within Colonial Creek North and South campgrounds, including day use areas, picnic areas, boat launch, and walk-in campsites are closed. All beach areas adjacent to Highway 20 on Diablo Lake are closed.
Desolation Area Trail and Camp Closures
October 7, 2022 | 7:09 am
Park officials have closed Desolation Trail and the portion of East Bank Trail from Lighting Creek Camp to Desolation Trail due to fire activity in the Desolation area of east Ross Lake. Camp closures include Desolation, Lightning Creek Hiker, and Cat Island camps. Lightning Creek Stock Camp remains open at this time.
Elongated Fire Season Continues
September 30, 2022 | 7:35 pm
With unseasonably high temperatures and very little cumulative moisture, an elongated fire season continues across the region. As a result, smoke lingers in valleys on both sides of the Cascade Crest, with upcoming increased smoke west of the Cascades due to easterly winds. Moderate fire behavior and smoky conditions will remain until a season ending rain event, with no predicted rain in the forecast.
Increased Smoke in the Area
September 27, 2022 | 1:40 pm
Increased smoke is expected in the area due to a moderate increased fire behavior in North Cascades National Park Service Complex.
McAllister Creek Fire
September 23, 2022 | 3:55 pm
Following a storm pattern with numerous lightning strikes the week of September 12, the McAllister Creek Fire is active in a remote area with steep terrain in the Thunder Creek drainage of North Cascades National Park. There are no trail or camp closures at this time for the McAllister Creek Fire.
Ross Lake National Recreation Area Seeks Proposals for Operation of Lake Resort
September 20, 2022 | 9:00 pm
Ross Lake National Recreation Area, a unit of North Cascades National Park Service (NPS) Complex, has issued a prospectus for a concession contract business opportunity. The Concessioner will operate lodging, boat rentals, marine fuel sales, and other visitor services in the park.
Chilliwack Complex Update
September 10, 2022 | 10:55 am
Weather conditions along with dry fuels continue to increase fire activity on the lightning-caused Chilliwack Complex. Increased easterly winds, high temperatures, and low humidity throughout the area have prompted a Red Flag Warning from the National Weather Service through Sunday evening. On Friday, the Copper Lake and Copper Ridge fires merged, and the North Fork and Little Chill fires merged. The two fires are now known as Copper Lake and Little Chill fires, respectively. The Silesia Fire had significant growth and is approximately one mile from the forest boundary with the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. This fire activity has prompted the closure of the Silesia Creek Trail. The Chilliwack Complex is made up of several active fires (Little Chill, Copper Lake, Brush Creek, Silesia, and Little Beaver Creek).