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Mount Rainier’s Three Lakes forest fire contained, Laughingwater Creek Trail reopened

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Sep. 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
September 21, 2012 5:49 pm

From Mount Rainier National Park:

The fire in the Three Lakes area of the park has been contained and is
currently being monitored for any possible flare ups.

Record dry conditions are being experienced throughout the state and
visitors are reminded to be extremely vigilant on preventing any source of
ignition, as the fire danger continues to remain high.

Smoke and haze from ongoing wildfires outside the park is visible in some
areas of the park.

At present, campfires are still being allowed in the fire pits in
designated front country campgrounds. Visitors are asked to keep fires
small and manageable; monitor the fire at all times; when leaving the fire
pit, put fire out with copious amounts of water; make sure it is out and
cold to the touch.  Campers are responsible for their campfires even after
they leave it.

TRAILS:

The Laughingwater Creek Trail on the east side of the park has been
reopened to the public.
The Narada Falls Trail will be open to the public on Saturday and
Sunday, and then closed again on Monday when construction work
resumes. This trail has been closed due to potential hazards from
construction excavation work on the Stevens Canyon Road.
The Comet Falls Trail is open to within 300 yards of the falls.  Debris
and ice from a large winter/spring avalanche cover the last portion
of the trail creating a safety risk of breaking through and falling
or being trapped.  Visitors can still get a good view of the falls
from the closure point.  Trail access via the Rampart Ridge trail is
another option.
Visitors hiking the Wonderland Trail in the Reflection Lakes area should
use extreme caution in the construction area and be very aware of
construction traffic.  Please follow the marked route through the
construction site.

ROADS:

State Route 123 reopened to the public on Wednesday, September 19
following a two-day closure for culvert replacement work.

Stevens Canyon Road is closed to through traffic (for both vehicles and
bicycles) from just east of the intersection with the Paradise Valley
Road to the east end of the tunnel at Box Canyon for the remainder of
the season. Visitors can access Backbone Ridge, Box Canyon and
adjacent trailheads via the East Entrance near State Route 123 during
the 2012 closure. Wonderland Trail hikers as well as day hikers are
permitted to hike through the construction zone to access adjacent
trails.

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