Sedro Woolley, WA – Lightning likely started a fire approximately 1,000 feet above Five Mile Camp near Goode Mountain in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. The Goode Fire was detected Wednesday and was estimated to be approximately 2 acres in size. Fire access is difficult due to high cliffs and steep terrain. With continued high temperatures and dry weather, firefighters will monitor the situation and call in additional resources as needed.
Park officials have closed Park Creek Trail between Park Creek Pass and Park Creek Camp. Five Mile and Two Mile camps are both closed. Climbers attempting Goode Mountain will also be impacted, as descent via the southwest into the Park Creek drainage will not be possible. Climbers may still access the peak via the North Fork Trail, with descent via the same side. All other trails in North Cascades National Park Service Complex are open; however, caution should be used near the Thunder Creek and Chopping Block fires.
For climbing and backcountry information, contact the Wilderness Information Center at 360-854-7245. Area fire information is available online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
--Jason D. Martin