Thursday, August 20, 2015

Wildfire Closures

FINAL 10:05 a.m. Sept. 8: Only one state highway is closed due to wildfire activity at this time. We're no longer updating this blog with details, but find real-time closure information on our travel alerts page.

UPDATE 3:45 p.m. Sept. 4: We've deactivated the zoomable wildfire closure map. For the latest highway closure alerts, visit our travel alerts page
  • SR 21 is closed in both directions from Bridge Creek Road (milepost 127) to Scatter Creek Road (milepost 154).
SR 155 and SR 20 are open.

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Anonymous said...

It would be helpful if you posted a detailed explanation as to why SR20 between Mazama and Newhalem is still closed. There is only 1 way in and out of the Methow Valley right now. The Goodell Creek fire is small relative to the others in eastern Washington, and it's difficult to understand why the highway may remained closed for a long time.

WSDOT said...

State Route 20, the North Cascades Highway, is closed between the North Cascades National Park entrance near milepost 112 and Rainy Pass for the safety of the traveling public. The Goodell Creek fire is burning near the highway between Newhalem and east of Gorge Creek Bridge, about five miles east of Newhalem. As the fire burns vegetation near the roadway, trees and large rocks are loosened and frequently fall onto the roadway, creating hazardous driving conditions. As long as the fire is creating these conditions, SR 20 will remain closed for public safety.

Keeping the highway open from the east side to Rainy Pass allows some access for recreational uses. WSDOT has a gate at Rainy Pass. Aside from recreational uses, there is little between Rainy Pass and the Goodell Creek fire zone, so that’s the best place to close the highway on the east side.

Anonymous said...

Hoping to travel SR-20 thru North Cascades in a couple of weeks when visiting from the UK. Best wishes to those folk working on getting things back to normal.

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