Sunday, August 23, 2015 8 am
Incident Information: (360) 854-7361 (staffed from 8 am to 8 pm daily)
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Fire Start Date: Early August 2015
Location: Newhalem, Washington
Size: 3,675 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Incident Resources: 157 personnel, including 3 hand crews, 2 camp crews, 1 helicopter, and 3 engines.
Lost Time Injuries: 0
Incident Cost to Date: $350,000
General Announcements: The incident complex includes eight fires all within the North Cascades National Park Service Complex. Suppression actions focused on the Goodell (3218 acres) where firefighters worked to protect the community of Newhalem, federal, state, and local facilities and infrastructure. The remaining 7 fires will be monitored and appropriate actions initiated if conditions dictate—they pose no immediate threat to facilities and infrastructure.
Today’s Activities: Today, firefighters will continue to assess and implement structure protection measures in the towns of Newhalem and Diablo as well as around national park infrastructure, which includes the visitor center. Fire engine crews will install pumps, hoses, sprinkler systems, and remove vegetation to reduce the threat to structures. Firefighters also will be setting up pumps and hose systems in Goodell Creek to keep fire spread from moving west in that drainage.
Road and Area Closures: The Goodell Fire has necessitated the closure of State Route 20 from the town of Newhalem to Rainy Pass. Significant debris continues to fall on the road creating hazardous driving conditions. Multiple trail, campground, and boat launch closures remain in effect.
Information on road closures can be found at http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/ North Cascades National Park Complex closures are found at http://www.nps.gov/noca/planyourvisit/current-parkconditions.htm.