Fire managers at North Cascades National Park Complex continue to fight and monitor two fires that reportedly started during a thunderstorm a week ago.
The Sourdough Chute fire, estimated at 0.5 acres, is located on the Sourdough Mountain below the lookout. It is burning in patchy timber and brush adjacent to a rock slide chute, according to a fire update earlier today. Further reconnaissance indicated that the fire is smoldering with some smoke visible from state Route 20. Aerial suppression and monitoring will continue throughout the week.
The Arctic Dan fire, from the same thunderstorms, is being monitored by staff at Desolation lookout. It is estimated to be less than 0.5 acres in size and located on the south side of the Arctic Creek Drainage, west of Ross Lake.
There are no closures within the park in effect at this time as a result of the fires. Chief Ranger Kinsey Shilling requests that visitors to the park and surrounding forests be aware of the high fire danger during these dry conditions and use caution while enjoying our public lands.