Twin Firs Fire Burning in Mount Rainier National Park

Superintendent Greg Dudgeon just reported a half-acre fire in Mount Rainier National Park. This Twin Firs Fire, triggered by lightning on August 25, is now consuming old growth forest, situated around 1200 feet north of Nisqually Road, near Kautz Creek and the Twin Firs Trail.

There’s a 20-person contract hand crew and a five-person National Park Service crew battling the blaze. If you’re visiting, expect many vehicles and crew members along the road. Be cautious, and don’t stop between Kautz Creek and the Twin Firs trailhead. The Twin Firs Trail is temporarily closed.

Yesterday, aircraft doused the flames with water, causing dense smoke on the park road. Present efforts focus on taking down burning snags to ensure safe firefighting by ground teams.

No worries for Longmire or park structures now; the fire isn’t threatening them. However, the fire’s being controlled due to its proximity to Longmire and the multiple other lightning-caused fires in the area.

Remember, a fire ban is in effect for all campgrounds due to the dry, hot conditions and high fire risk. Stay safe!

This news story is based on a press release from the National Park Service, which was issued on August 27, 2023. You can read the original release here.

Mount Rainier National Park

Located in the state of Washington, this iconic park is a paradise for nature enthusiasts. The majestic landscapes are filled with lush forests, meadows painted with wildflowers, and the awe-inspiring presence of Mount Rainier, a towering stratovolcano.

There are a variety of ecosystems, from ancient forests to subalpine meadows and even glaciers. You can hike along numerous trails that lead to breathtaking viewpoints, serene lakes, and cascading waterfalls. Mount Rainier’s summit stands at over 14,000 feet, offering daring climbers a challenging adventure.

Wildlife abounds here, from marmots to elk, and you might even spot a mountain goat. The park’s beauty extends to its starlit skies, making it a designated Dark Sky Park for stargazing.

Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures or serene moments in nature’s embrace, Mount Rainier National Park promises an unforgettable experience

Importance of Forest Fires & How to Protect Unnecessary Fires

Fires can have good and bad effects on public lands like national parks.

Positives: Fires can help plants grow and create space for new ones. They clean up dead stuff and make room for animals. Some plants even need fire to spread their seeds.

Negatives: Fires can hurt wildlife by destroying their homes. They can also harm the air we breathe and damage valuable trees. Big fires can be really dangerous for people and animals.

The National Park Service does a lot to prevent fires. They clear away dry leaves and trees, and they control small fires to stop big ones. They teach people about fire safety too.

To protect these lands, we can follow some simple rules. Don’t leave fires unattended and use fire rings or designated areas. Be careful when you’re out in nature, and if you see a fire, tell someone quickly. Our actions can help keep these special places safe and beautiful for everyone.

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