Summary: On Aug. 3, 2021 a lightning storm ignited several small fires on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. One of the fires that was ignited, the Pincer Creek Fire, is located 18 air miles east southeast of the Marblemount community in the Glacier Peak Wilderness. It is burning in very steep terrain in an old fire scar with numerous snags and heavy dead and down fuels.
Over the past several weeks, the weather has shifted to a more fall like pattern with cloudy, moist, cool weather. “We are thankful that activity on the Pincer Creek Fire is minimal.” Said Kit Moffit, Acting Forest Fire Staff Officer for the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. “Based on the current weather forecast and minimal expected fire behavior, we are pleased to announce that Forest System Road #15 (Cascade River Road) will be reopened on September 16, 2021. We know that the Pincer Creek Fire closure has been a major inconvenience and we appreciate the public’s understanding.”
Closures: The Mt. Baker Ranger District Cascade River Trail, the Middle Fork Cascade Trail and South Fork Cascade Trail are closed to the public due to their proximity to the Pincer Creek Fire. The Sibley Creek Road and Hidden Lake Trail are not currently threatened by the fire, but are closed to allow firefighters to staff the lookout to support fire operations. This closure order is effective Aug 7. 2021 until rescinded: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mbs/alerts-notices.
North Cascades National Park staff report that the Cascade River Road will be open to vehicular traffic to the El Dorado parking area (milepost 20). Access beyond that will be foot traffic only, due to debris and rocks that have fallen in an unrelated incident near the Boston Basin culvert. Crews will assess the damage over the next several days to determine a course of action. For additional information please contact North Cascades National Park at 360-854-7245.
This is the last fire update from the Pincer Creek Fire unless there is significant fire activity. The Pincer Creek Inciweb site will become inactive within the next two weeks.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Tuesday August 03rd, 2021 approx. 08:00 PM|
|Location||15 miles east of Marblemount|
|Incident Commander||Erik Usher|
|Incident Description||Fire was ignited by lightning on August 3, 2021 in the old fire scar of the Mineral Park fire of 2003.|
|Coordinates||48.458 latitude, -121.127 longitude|
Brush and Timber, heavy dead and down material.
The fire continues to creep and smolder within the old fire scar of the Mineral Park fire.
Look for opportunities to contain fire as it approaches the South Fork of the Cascade River
|Projected Incident Activity|
Confine and contain fire south of Pincer Creek and north of the South Fork of the Cascade River
Forest System Road #15 (Cascade River Road) will be open on September 16, 2021
Partly sunny on Wednesday, mostly sunny on Thursday, rain for Friday through Sunday.