After members of the public flying drones disrupted wildfire operations in southern California twice recently, federal, state, and local wildfire managers in Oregon and Washington are urging the public not to fly Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), often referred to as “drones,” within or near wildfires to ensure firefighter safety and the effectiveness of suppression operations. Visit the Pacific Northwest Region website for more information.
Big Four Ice Caves Trail 723, Ice Caves Trailhead
Date(s): Jul 7, 2015
A section of the Big 4 Ice Caves collapsed July 6. The Forest Service has closed access to the Big Four Ice Caves area until further notice. The closure order is necessary to support the safety of forest visitors. The Big Four Ice Caves Trail 723 is closed at the South Fork Stillaguamish River bridge to end of the trail.
The Baker Lake Trail (610) is now open. Staff have determined the area is safe for public access. Firefighters have contained the one acre fire located on the east shore of Baker Lake. The fire is between Maple Grove and Silver Creek campgrounds, approximately 6 miles from the Upper Baker Lake and South Baker Lake trailheads. The fire was caused by an abandoned campfire.
Please remember that the possession and discharge of fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited on national forests. Violators can be fined $500, imprisoned for six months, or both.
Parts of the region have not had significant precipitation since mid-March, and conditions are dry across many areas. Wildfires can start and grow much more easily when conditions are dry. Fireworks can cause costly and dangerous wildfires, especially when conditions are hot and dry and vegetation is receptive to sparks.