Pincer Creek Fire Update: Rd #15 Cascade River Rd Opening

Release Date: Sep 15, 2021

Everett, WA, Sept. 15, 2021 – Fire managers report that the Pincer Creek Fire has been relatively quiet over the last several weeks due to the cooler temperatures, increase in precipitation and a more fall like weather pattern. The fire continues to smolder and creep mostly within the Mineral Park Fire scar of 2003. The fire is estimated at 980 acres. Rolling debris and falling snags are a constant threat to the Cascade River Trail. It is anticipated that the Cascade River Trail (# 769) and Middle Fork Cascade River Trail (#769.1) will be closed until next spring at the earliest. It is hoped that over the winter fire weakened trees will fall, reducing the hazards on the trails.
Over the past several weeks, the weather has shifted to a more fall like pattern with cloudy, moist, cool weather. “We are thankful that activity on the Pincer Creek Fire is minimal.” Said Kit Moffit, Acting Forest Fire Staff Officer for the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. “Based on the current weather forecast and minimal expected fire behavior, we are pleased to announce that Forest System Road #15 (Cascade River Road) will be reopened on September 16, 2021. We know that the Pincer Creek Fire closure has been a major inconvenience and we appreciate the public’s understanding.”
Closures: The Mt. Baker Ranger District Cascade River Trail, the Middle Fork Cascade Trail and South Fork Cascade Trail are closed due to rolling debris and falling tress from Pincer Creek Fire. The Sibley Creek Road and Hidden Lake Trail are not currently threatened by the fire, but are closed to allow firefighters to staff the lookout to support fire operations.
North Cascades National Park staff report that the Cascade River Road will be open to vehicular traffic to the El Dorado parking area (milepost 20). Access beyond that will be foot traffic only, due to debris and rocks that have fallen in an unrelated incident near the Boston Basin culvert. Crews will assess the damage over the next several days to determine a course of action. For additional information please contact North Cascades National Park at 360-854-7245.
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No Further updates will be posted unless there are significant fire activity.
Fire Information Phone: 360-856-5700 (Mt. Baker Ranger District)
Recreation Information for Cascade Pass: North Cascades National Park (360) 854-7245