The Norse Peak Fire has forced the closure of all the backcountry trails on the east side of Mount Rainier National Park.
Because of the Norse Peak Fire, Sunrise Road is closed from Route 410 to the junction near White River and Sunrise, and Crystal Mountain Resort had to evacuate on Tuesday. As King 5 put it, the fire is "bigger than the city of Tacoma"—and only 8 percent contained. More here.
Two years after hurricane-force winds and rain ravaged hundreds of miles of trail in Mt. Rainier National Park, the true damage is finally becoming clear. And what it's telling scientists is alarming: Bigger, more frequent–and more destructive–storms
may be coming.