August 28, 2013- This site will no longer be updated after today unless significant changes occur with the fire situation in the North Cascades National Park Service Complex.
Three active fires all ignited by lightning continue to burn within the North Cascades National Park: Arctic Dan, Big Beaver, and Red Mountain. All three fires are burning in areas where fire can be managed as part of natural processes, as long as they stay within the designated management areas. The fires are being managed as the Arctic Dan Complex.
Intermittent smoke and flames emanating from the Big Beaver and Arctic Dan Fires may be seen by boaters on Ross Lake and hikers as they hike the East Bank Trail located on the shore of Ross Lake. There are no trails or camprgounds impacted or closed.
Fires may continue to burn until the area of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex receives a season ending weather event in the form of rain or snow.
The Arctic Dan Fire started July 17, and is estimated at 256 acres. The fire 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.
Late August 14th, the Big Beaver Fire was detected mid-slope on the north facing slope of Sourdough Mountain. It is now estimated to be 1.5 acres 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.
Estimated at 2 acres, the Red Mountain Fire is burning in sub-alpine timber and brush, and is located between Thunder, Fisher, and Logan Creek. It is 21 miles northwest of Stehekin and 11 miles south of Diablo Lake. The fire is being monitored via aerial reconnaissance and by staff on Sourdough Lookout, as needed.
Although many areas of the Park complex have received rain, much of the bigger dead fuels such as downed logs, branches and brush remain dry. Please observe all outdoor burning bans of 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!
Estimated to be a 1/2 acre in size, and located on Ruby Mountain, the Ruby Fire is now out as of 8/17/13..
Located north of Diablo Lake, the Sourdough Chute Fire Area is a half acre in size. Full suppression action using a Type 1 helicopter with water bucket drops was taken on July 23rd and 25th due to the relatively close proximity of Seattle Light Infrastructure and the North Cascades Institute Environmental Learning Center. The fire is out as of August 15.
Located upslope from the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center and near Diablo Lake, the Boathouse Fire was suppressed and controlled to a size of a 1/10 of an acre. Fire suppression was accomplished using a Type 3 helicopter using water bucket drops and fire crew on the ground. The fire is out as of August 15, 2013.
The area of the Cabin Creek Fire is estimated to be a 1/10 of an acre in size. and is located in the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area approximately eight miles northwest of Stehekin. The fire was suppressed by smoke jumpers on August 11th and declared out on August 15th.
The McAlester Creek Fire located at the southern portion of the North Cascades National Park South Unit has been suppressed by smoke jumpers on August 5th and controlled to a size of 20 feet by 35 feet due to its potential to spread to high resource values.
|Date of Origin||Wednesday July 17th, 2013 approx. 06:00 PM|
|Location||Arctic Dan Fire is located seven miles southwest of Hozomeen.|
|Incident Commander||Steve Pietroburgo|
Closed Timber Litter
creeping and smoldering
The fires burn actively during periods of hot and dry weather, then creep and smolder with minimum smoke output when the temperatures moderate and relative humidity increases.
Fires are being managed through set Management Action Point boundaries within designated control areas. Depending on fire behavior, observations are taken by boat, helicopter, and fixed lookout. The Arctic Dan, Red Mountain, and Big Beaver Fires are burning in areas where we can manage fire through natural processes, as long as they stay within our designated management areas. Fires have been suppressed within pre-identified North Cascades National Park fire suppression zones. Smoke can also be visible from the East Bank Trail.