State Route 410 daytime reopening
Incident: Norse Peak Fire Wildfire
As of 7:00 a.m. on Friday September 1, State Route 410 east of Chinook Pass will be open for daytime through-travel, under the guidance of a pilot car between Morse Creek (milepost 74.5) and Union Creek (milepost 79). Eastbound and westbound traffic will alternate, and drivers should expect at least 30 to 40-minute delays depending on traffic volumes. At 7:00 p.m. both lanes of travel will be available and the road will be open, as normal, through the night. Each day, until further notice, from 7:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m., the pilot car system will be reinstated so firefighters can work safely over one of the lanes. A full closure could happen again with little notice, as fire conditions can change rapidly.
Access to campsites and trailheads between Morse Creek and Hells Crossing is strictly prohibited due to fire danger and local Closure by the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Drivers should be cautious, follow posted speed limits, and expect potential distractions such as smoke, firefighters working, heavy equipment, flames or fire glow, and flashing lights.
SR410 has been closed for two weeks due to firefighting activities and the effects of the Norse Peak Fires. Lightning-caused fires are burning on both the north and south sides of the highway corridor. One week ago, as the firefighting effort progressed, nighttime through-travel was made available.
Find out more about Washington State Department of Transportation traffic alerts at http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/ and the road status at Mt. Rainier National Park at nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/road-status.htm