A lightning-caused fire which was ignited when a storm cell moved through
the park on Saturday, September 8th, was reported and responded to on
September 14th. The Three Lakes Fire is being managed under a full
suppression strategy due to limited firefighting resources that are
currently in high demand for large fires, and to the fires close proximity
to the historic Three Lakes patrol cabin and the Wenatchee National Forest
boundary. Suppression efforts include construction of fire line in steep
terrain using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics, and water drops. The fire
is at 7.5 acres, 80% containment, and is expected to be fully controlled on
Tuesday. It is burning in the park’s backcountry near the east park
boundary within a mile of Three Lakes.
Fire activity is smoldering and creeping. The North Cascades Smokejumpers
arrived Sunday morning to assist with ground operations.
The Laughingwater Creek Trail is closed from SR123 to the crest for visitor
safety. All other park trails remain open.
Smoke in the park is from fires burning outside the park.
Twenty-five personnel are assigned to the incident including North Cascades
Smokejumpers, Mount Rainier National Park firefighters, a helicopter and
crew from Denali National Park, and additional support staff.