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Updates on national park wildfires

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Aug. 20, 2009 at 8:56 am with No Comments »
August 20, 2009 8:56 am

Here is a roundup of wildfires on national park land in Washington. The information comes from the National Park Service’s "Morning Report":

North Cascades

About 646 acres are currently burning in the North Cascades National Park Complex. The largest fires being managed for resource benefit are: The Panther Creek Fire (220 acres), Elija Fire (353 acres), and the Brush Creek Fire (66 acres) in the Moon Complex. Fires being managed with suppression tactics include: The Cascade Fire (2 acres) in the Panther Complex near Ruby Mountain and the four fires in the Crapper Complex (2.7 acres total) near the Newhalem Creek.

Twelve fires, ranging in size from a single tree to 350 acres, have been burning in the North Cascades National Park Complex since late June. All 12fires were started by lightning. Five of these fires are being managed with suppression tactics to protect the public, and infrastructure in the area. The other seven fires are being managed for resource benefits.

Full containtainment is expected by Oct. 1


Fire managers observed minimal fire activity when they flew over the Heatwave Complex fires on Tuesday. Five fires in the Heatwave Complex continue to creep and smolder. Constance fire (started July 11, 438 acres) still showing active smoke on Tuesday less than 5 percent of the perimeter is active. The 10 Mile fire (June 13, 492 acres) increased fire and smoke activity observed was observed Tuesday on the west side of the fire where it continues to burn downslope along the Duckabush River. Approximately 10 to 15 percent of the perimeter is active. Buckinghorse fire (July 29, 324 acres) is still showing active smoke. Approximately 1 percent of the perimeter is active. Knife Fire (July 29, 140 acres) is still showing active smoke, approximately 1 percent of the perimeter is active. Solduc fire (July 29, 4 acres), no visible smoke.

Seven additional fires remain inactive, all are 0.1 acres in size: Dose (July 11), Second Column, Five Ridge (July 28), Morganroth (July 29), Long (July 29), Wilder One (July 29) and Wilder Two.

Full containment is not expected until the end of the fire season

Mount Rainier

Two small fires on the report earlier this month were not listed in this morning’s report.

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