With cool and damp weather over the past few days, fire activity on the Northwest Pasayten Complex fires has significantly decreased, the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest said Tuesday (Sept. 20).
Despite the improved conditions, trail and area closures remain in effect. Trail closures include the northernmost section of the Pacific Crest Trail. The fires are expected to burn until the area receives significant moisture or snow.
The fires have been burning in remote, steep and inaccessible terrain near the Canadian border since September 6, when they were started by lightning.
Firefighters have been monitoring fire behavior and have been able to protect cabins, footbridges, the Pasayten Airstrip, and Monument 83 and lookout.
The complex of six wilderness fires has burned almost 18,000 acres in all.
For current fire conditions, call the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest’s fire information number at (509) 557-0973 or visit the forest’s Facebook page.