Final Fire Update for Arctic Dan Fire Complex 8/28/13
Incident: Arctic Dan Fire Complex Wildfire
Arctic Dan Fire Complex Update
North Cascades National Park Service Complex
360-854-7365, ext. 13 (Ken Hires)
Or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marblemount, WA – August 28, 2013 –
This will be the last Fire Update until Significant Changes Occur
With the Fire Situation in the North Cascades National Park
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 Fire 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 campgrounds 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!