Visitor-serving businesses around Mount Rainier National Park are celebrating today’s reopening of a major route for visitors, now that recent days of rain and snow have beaten back forest fires.
Barricades came down at noon allowing traffic on the entire SR 410 corridor from eastern Pierce County past Greenwater and Crystal Mountain on up to Chinook Pass, including Park facilities at Sunrise Visitor Center and Day Lodge on the east side of the mountain.
All evacuation orders affecting access to the national park have been rescinded and fire crews are completing operations along the highway route just outside of the national park.
Recreational areas off Forest Service Roads 1900 and 1800 will remain off-limits to tourists, as crews in this undeveloped area near Crystal Mountain are clearing debris and hazardous trees. Pacific Crest Trail remains closed from White Pass to Snoqualmie Pass, because it passes through several areas of recent fires.
Minimal new fire growth is expected for now, but isolated pockets of slow surface spread remain, where the fire is sheltered by the forest canopy and burning in the larger dead or down trees.