On Friday September 30, I hiked into the Buck Creek Fire area, inside of the Glacier Peak Wilderness Area. Buck Creek is reached at the end of Chiwawa River Road, near Trinity, a former mining town. Buck Creek Fire ignited from lightning on July 22nd and is still burning. This is a fire that was never suppressed. The Forest Service made a wise decision in letting it do it's thing, while protecting Trinity, and planning a contingency should the fire burn outside of the wilderness. The Buck Creek Trail is officially closed and for good reason. I had obtained permission, and felt privileged. I had to be very careful as there are a great many charred trees hanging by a thread and ready to fall. This is what I would call a good fire. There are no really large areas left treeless. Burned areas are intermingled with patches of untouched vegetation. The fire has made Buck Creek area more interesting, and more ecologically diverse. I will write more later in an article. Thanks to Cary Stock and Jeff Rivera of Wenatchee River R.D. for letting me in!