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Upper Skagit Complex

Unit Information

North Cascades National Park
National Park Service
7280 Ranger Station Rd Marblemount WA 98267 Washington
810 State Route 20
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

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State Route 20 opened on Sunday, August 30th. Temporary, intermittent closures may be required for helicopter and heavy equipment work on power lines and towers. For the latest updates contact North Cascades Highway Hotline at 360 707-5055.

Significant precipitation over the past 48 hours, and predictions for continued rain through Friday, have reduced fire activity for the entire complex. Smoldering in dense fuels, those not exposed directly to the rain, can be expected for several weeks. Future challenges will mainly be weather related as heavy rain could bring debris flows onto the highway and limit fire access points. Great Basin Team 4, Incident Commander Chris Wilcox, will transfer management back to the local organization on Tuesday September 1st at 4 pm.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday August 10th, 2015 approx. 04:00 AM
Location13 miles north of Marblemount, WA
Incident CommanderWilcox
Coordinates48.685 latitude, -121.256 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel98
Size8,505 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained66%
Estimated Containment DateThursday October 15th, 2015 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory)

Significant Events

Minimal fire activity. The fire behavior has been reduced to smoldering in areas that are protected from rainfall.


Planned Actions

Fire fighters will monitor for smoke and look for potential hazards.

Projected Incident Activity

No expected fire movement due to weather.


Transfer of command to Type 3 organization is scheduled for 9/1 at 1600 hours.

Summary of the fires in the Upper Skagit Complex, with suppression strategy and size:

Goodell, full suppression, 7,111 acres

Cat Island, monitor,148

Thursday Creek, confine, 566

No Name 15, monitor, 344

Neve Creek, monitor, 1

Rocky Beaver, monitor, 141

Snowfield, monitor, 184

Klawatti, monitor, 10

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Upper level trough will bring continued unsettled weather for most of the week. Forecast prediction of an additional 1-2 inches of rain through Friday is expected. Debris flows will be possible along the Highway 20 corridor.