There are a number of lightning-caused fires burning in remote, steep and inaccessible terrain in the Stephen Mather Wilderness in the northwest corner of the North Cascades National Park Complex in Washington State. The Chilliwack Complex is made up of several active fires (Little Chill, Copper Lake, Brush Creek 2, Silesia, and Little Beaver Creek).
Trail and camp closures remain in effect due to fire activity. Closure information can be found at: https://www.nps.gov/noca/planyourvisit/trail-conditions.htm
A haze over the general area is to be expected with active fires across the region. The Washington Department of Ecology has announced Air Quality Alerts in multiple locations due to current wildfire smoke from fires in the North Cascades. Visit https://wasmoke.blogspot.com/ for details.
Take precautions when recreating outdoors when heavy smoke is present. Current Smoke Outlook for North Cascades (wildlandfiresmoke.net) Learn more at Real-Time Air Quality Map | PurpleAir, airnow.gov or visit https://wasmoke.blogspot.com/.
|Current as of||Sun, 09/18/2022 - 06:59|
|Date of Origin|
|Location||North Cascade National Park Complex, west of Ross Lake|
|Incident Commander||NIMO Team 2 (Watts)|
48° 55' 31'' Latitude
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||0%|
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Minimal fire activity on all fires in the complex with smoldering and creeping. The fire had an inversion and high cloud cover until midday.
Silesia Fire (836 acres): Minimal activity, have not yet crossed the boundary into the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Little Chill Fire (999 acres): Minimal activity, have not yet crossed the boundary into the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Brush Creek 2 (3,906 acres): Minimal activity.
Copper Lake Fire (1,291 acres): Minimal activity.
Little Beaver Creek Fire: Minimal activity.
Monitor fire progression to provide up-to-date location of fire progression and proximity to Management Action Points to inform the timing to implement point protection mitigation actions to protect identified critical values at risk.
|Projected Incident Activity||
12 hours: Smoldering, creeping, backing.
24 hours: Continued smoldering, creeping, and backing especially in heavy fuels.
48 hours: Continued smoldering, creeping, and backing. Isolated torching possible as fuels dry out.
72 hours: Continued smoldering, creeping, and backing. Isolated torching possible as fuels dry out.
A Long-Term Strategic Implementation Plan was presented on September 16 to the North Cascades National Park Complex.
On 8 September, Brush Creek 1 was consumed by Brush Creek 2. Acres for both fires will be reported under Brush Creek 2 Fire.
On 9 September, North Fork Fire merged with Little Chill Fire. Acres of both fires are now reported under Little Chill Fire.
On 9 September, Copper Ridge Fire merged with Copper Lake Fire. Acres of both fires are now reported under Copper Lake Fire.
On 14 September, Desolation Fire ignited, and it is now part of the Chilliwack Complex.
On 16 September, Copper Lake Fire merged with Brush Creek 2. Acres of both fires are now reported under Brush Creek 2.
Morning fog was followed by afternoon sunshine which filtered through high clouds over the complex today. Light winds were observed with relative humidity dropped into the 40-50 percent range. Skies will clear overnight as north winds funnel across the region. Gusty winds are possible especially on the ridges. Sunday will feature the first of several days through next week with mainly sunny skies, breezy afternoon winds, along with as low warming and drying trend under west to north winds. Winds and humidity may bring elevated fire weather concerns towards mid-week, but no rain or critical fire weather is expected at this time. A strong low-pressure system moving into California is expected too mainly impact areas south of Washington State with heavy rainfall this weekend into next week.