North Cascades National Park News
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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.
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).
Increased Fire Activity on the Chilliwack Complex
September 8, 2022 | 12:33 pm
There is increased fire activity on the Chilliwack Complex due to Wednesday’s weather event with increased winds and low humidity throughout the area. Two of the four lightning-caused fires (Copper Lake and Brush Creek Fire) experienced growth and will likely merge into one fire in the Copper Loop and Whatcom Pass areas of North Cascades National Park Service Complex. An additional fire, Little Beaver Creek Fire, was detected and is estimated at one quarter acre. The Chilliwack Complex is estimated 4,538 acres.
Additional Trail and Camp Closures for Chilliwack Complex
September 6, 2022 | 11:53 am
Four lightning-caused fires remain active across North Cascades National Park Service Complex. The fires are in remote areas of the Stephen Mather Wilderness. Three fires (North Fork, Little Chill, and Copper Lake) are in proximity to the Copper Loop Trail system and one (Brush Creek Fire) is near the Brush Creek Trail in the Whatcom Pass area. The Chilliwack Complex is estimated at 3,700 acres.
Chilliwack Area Fires Update
August 27, 2022 | 3:44 pm
Nine lightning-caused fires are active across North Cascades National Park Service Complex. Most are in remote areas of the Stephen Mather Wilderness. Three fires are in proximity to the Copper Loop Trail system and two are near the Brush Creek Trail in the Whatcom Pass area.
Chilliwack Area Trail and Camp Closure
August 24, 2022 | 5:35 pm
Park officials have closed all trails and camps entering the park complex at Hannegan Pass Trailhead, including Copper Loop, to the junction of Big Beaver Trail due to fire activity in the area. Camp closures include all camps between Boundary and Stillwell camps.
McGregor Mountain Fire Contained
August 13, 2022 | 11:47 am
The McGregor Mountain Fire is now contained following a strong initial attack and continued work by park firefighters and North Cascades Smokejumpers.