Three fires continue to burn in North Cascades National Park Complex

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDAugust 23, 2013 

Arctic Dan Fire, North Cascades National Park

The Arctic Dan Fire burns in the remote backcountry of North Cascades National Park on July 25, 2013.

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MARBLEMOUNT - Hikers and boaters on and around Ross Lake may see flames and smoke from fires sparked by lightning within the past month in North Cascades National Park Complex.

The Big Beaver, Arctic Dan and Red Mountain fires continue to burn and are about 255 acres.

The Arctic Dan fire started July 17 and the other two in early to mid-August.

No trails or campgrounds have been affected or closed because of the fires.

The fires, which are being monitored, are in steep or remote areas.

They will be allowed to burn until they go out because they're in zones where fires are allowed to play their role in the ecosystem, including creating habitat diversity, according to park officials.

Red Mountain has minimal fire activity.

More lightning is in the forecast for the next several days, and park officials are asking campers to keep an eye on campfires and make sure they've been put out by using plenty of water.

Reach Kie Relyea at 360-715-2234 or kie.relyea@bellinghamherald.com.

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