Outdoors

Lightning sparks 2 fires at Mount Rainier National Park, forces Wonderland Trail detour

Lightning strikes overnight Monday on Mount Rainier ignited two wildfires — one near Sunrise — prompting the closure of part of the Wonderland Trail, the national park announced Tuesday.

The Shadow Lake backcountry fire was half an acre and burning near Sunrise. The Scarface West fire was burning on about one-tenth of an acre near Grand Park.

No structures were threatened, park officials said.

Fire crews were working to extinguish the fire. As a precaution, park officials closed the Wonderland Trail between the White River Campground and Sunrise.

Hikers still can cover the area by hiking Glacier Basin trail and then hiking over the Burroughs.

Campgrounds in the area and Sunrise were still open.

The Scarface West fire was discovered during a fire patrol flight by the Puget Sound Incident Coordination Center. There were no closures in the area, and the park was monitoring the fire.

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