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Fire Update: Local Fires Wrapping Up 8/16/2013

 A total of eight lightning fires have started within North Cascades National Park Complex in the last month. The fires are being managed as the Arctic Dan Fire Complex, providing for firefighter and public safety as a first priority. Some fires are out at this time, as others continue to burn. The Big Beaver, Arctic Dan, and Red Mountain fires are burning in areas where we can manage fire through natural processes, as long as it stays within the designated management area. Fires have been suppressed within pre-identified North Cascades National Park fire suppression zones. Check the following link for updated information and photos of these fires:

New - Big Beaver Fire – started August 14th, 2013

Late August 14th, the Big Beaver fire was detected mid-slope on the north facing slope of Sourdough Mountain. It is estimate to be ¾ -1 acre in size. This naturally caused fire is being managed for resource benefit. Staff will continue to monitor the fire from Desolation Lookout and from Ross Lake via boat. The fire is located in steep and extremely hazardous terrain. Impacts to public are minimal at this time. Smoke may be visible from Ross Lake.

Arctic Dan Fire – started July 17th, 2013

The Arctic Dan fire, estimated at 250 acres, is burning in the remote backcountry in steep, rugged terrain in heavy timber. It’s located on the west side of Ross Lake between Arctic Creek and No Name Creek, within the Stephen Mather Wilderness. Aerial reconnaissance revealed minimal fire activity. It is being monitored by aviation and staff at Desolation Lookout, as needed. Smoke may be visible from Highway 20, Hozomeen, and/or Ross Lake.

Red Mountain Fire – started August 9th, 2013

The Red Mountain fire is estimated at 0.5 acres and burning in sub-alpine timber and brush. It is located between Fisher Creek and Logan Creek. It is 21 miles northwest of Stehekin and 11 miles south of Highway 20. With minimal fire activity, it is being monitored via aerial reconnaissance and staff on Sourdough Lookout, as needed.

Ruby Fire – started August 7th, 2013

The Ruby fire, estimated at 0.5 acres in size, is located on the south slope of Ruby Mountain, about 6,000 feet elevation. It is smoldering in steep and rugged terrain in patchy brush and sub-alpine timber. ­­­­­The fire is confined and contained between natural barriers. Due to the unsafe terrain, staff are monitoring via aerial reconnaissance and visual lookouts. Little smoke may be visible from Colonial Creek Campground, Thunder Creek Trail, and/or Highway 20.

Cabin Creek Fire – started August 10th, 2013

The Cabin Creek fire is located 8 miles northwest of Stehekin, within the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. It is estimated at 0.1 acres and was burning within brush, timber and duff. On Saturday evening, August 10, two smokejumpers were sent to the fire location to extinguish the smoldering fire. It is considered out as of August 11, 2013. No further updates will be reported on this fire.

Boathouse Fire – started August 10th, 2013

The Boat House Fire is located on the south slope of Sourdough Mountain, near the North Cascades Institute Environmental Learning Center along Diablo Lake. Estimated at 0.1 acre in size, this lightning caused fire started on Saturday, August 10 and was burning in steep, rocky terrain in duff and brush. National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service personnel responded to extinguish the fire mid-morning. By afternoon, a contracted Hi Line Helicopter dropped water from Diablo Lake onto the fire. The fire is out as of August 15th, 2013. No further updates will be reported on this fire.

Sourdough Chute Fire – started July 17th, 2013

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 July 23 & 25, 2013. No smoke has been visible since July 23rd. The fire is considered out as of August 15th, 2013. No further updates will be reported on this fire.

McAlester Fire – started August 5th, 2013

The McAlester fire, estimated at 20 feet by 35 feet, is located north of Lake Chelan, in the McAlester Creek drainage near Hock Mountain. It was burning in brush and sub-alpine timber. On August 5, two smokejumpers suppressed the fire. It is considered out, as of August 8, 2013.

Although the park has received scattered and minimal rainfall, lightning caused fires can smolder and creep underground for several days before emerging with more activity and visible smoke. Keep an eye out for new smoke reports and remember to jot down details about location, size, how fast it’s moving, how the fire is behaving (how long are the flames), and if the fire is threatening any structures or infrastructure.

Please observe all outdoor burning bans for nearby counties, state lands and cities. Within North Cascades National Park Complex, campfires are still allowed within designated, approved fire pits. Never leave campfires unattended! When putting out your campfire, use lots of water, stir and be sure that it’s out COLD!

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