Credit: North Cascades National Park
The Goodell Fire is burning near state Highway 20 in North Cascades National Park.
As of Saturday, August 29, 2015
NEWHALEM With heavy rain still in the forecast, State Department of Transportation officials hope to reopen the North Cascades Highway tomorrow between Newhalem and Rainy Pass.
As of 1 p.m., the road remains closed due to the Goodell Fire.
The fire had reached 8,505 acres and 61 percent of the area planned for containment had been secured, North Cascades National Park Officials said, noting 142 firefighters and two helicopters were assigned to the fire.
Rain and higher humidity in the forecast have fire officials with Great Basin Incident Management Team No. 4 and the national park optimistic for a noon opening tomorrow.
For highway updates, call 360-707-5055.
Last night, the Goodell Fire grew slowly to the southwest and east on both sides of the highway, also known as state Highway 20.
Fire crews are in a structure protection mode at the Environmental Learning Center, the Ross Lake Resort and the Diablo areas.
While the Goodell Fire is burning close to the highway, the blaze is part of the Skagit Complex that includes the following blazes and sizes at last report:
- Cat Island Fire, 148 acres
- Thursday Creek Fire, 566 acres
- No Name 15 Fire, 344 acres
- Neve Creek Fire, 1 acre
- Rocky Beaver Fire, 141 acres
- Snowfield Fire, 184 acres
- Klawatti Fire, 10 acres