The Three Lakes Fire is a lightning-caused fire located one mile west of Three Lakes at the 5,000' level. It is being managed under a full suppression strategy due to limited firefighting resources that are currently in high demand for large fires, and to the fire's close proximity to the historic Three Lakes patrol cabin and the Wenatchee National Forest boundary. Suppression efforts include construction of fire line in steep terrain using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics, and water drops. The fire is at 7.5 acres, 80% containment, and is expected to be fully controlled on Tuesday. It is burning near the east park boundary within a mile of Three Lakes. Change in acreage is due to more accurate mapping.
The fire, which was ignited by lightning on September 8, 2012, was reported on September 14, 2012.
A crew of park wildland firefighters and the North Cascades Smokejumpers, supported by a helicopter and crew from Denali National Park, are currently suppressing the fire which is at 80% containment.
24 hour fire activity is smoldering and creeping with no new growth.
The Laughingwater Creek Trail is closed from SR123 to the crest. All other park trails remain open.
Smoke in the air is mostly from fires burning outside the park.
Management objectives include provide for public and firefighter safety, continue constructing containment lines around the perimeter using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics, use bucket drops where it can be done safelty, and keep the fire north of Laughingwater Creek Trail and west of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Twenty-five personnel are assigned to the incident including North Cascades Smokejumpers, Mount Rainier National Park firefighters, a helicopter and crew from Denali National Park, and additional support staff.
|Date of Origin||Saturday September 08th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM|
|Incident Commander||Denny Coughlin|
Smoldering and creeping. No new growth.
Closure of Laughingwater Creek Trail. Provide for public and firefighter safety, continue constructing containment lines around the perimeter using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics, use bucket drops where it can be done safelty, and keep the fire north of Laughingwater Creek Trail and west of the Pacific Crest Trail.