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Wolverine Fire forces closure in Chiwawa River Valley
The Wolverine Fire is burning in the uppermost reaches of the Entiat Ranger District and is located on National Forest System lands above Cottonwood and Myrtle Lake. The fire is moving across the Larch Lakes area and towards the Rock Creek drainage on the Wenatchee River Ranger District side.

With the fire's potential to spread into the Rock Creek drainage and into the Chiwawa River drainage with only a single road in and out, a conservative strategy of clearing campers and recreationists from the Chiwawa drainage is being undertaken at this time. Recreationists utilizing the campgrounds and trails within the Chiwawa River drainage are being contacted and asked to leave.

A forest closure is in effect for the area northwest of Grouse Creek Group Campground at the Chikamin Road junction to encompass the entire Chiwawa River drainage, its campgrounds and trails.

This action is being undertaken as a precautionary measure due to unpredictable large fire behavior in the area and the potential difficulty in evacuating this area in the event of rapid fire spread. The Wenatchee River RD, in conjunction with the Chelan Complex Teams continues to evaluate further potential impacts in this and adjacent areas.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 More...

Washington State Parks announces 'free day' for Aug. 25
Special day honors 99th birthday

of National Park Service



The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission wants the public to know that Tuesday, Aug. 25 is a state parks 'free day.' Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks.

The 'free day' is in honor of the 99th birthday of the National Park Service, which was established on Aug. 25, 1916. State Parks 'free days' are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish & Wildlife (WDFW). The Discover Pass legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 'free days' each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by WDFW and DNR on these days.

'Free days' apply only to day-use visits with vehicles, not overnight stays or rented facilities.

Washington State Parks will have two more 'free days' in 2015: Sept. 26, in recognition of National Public Lands Day and Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015 More...
Forest land thrives in the wake of wildfire
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 More...
Cooler temperatures do not mean lessening fire danger
Visitors to the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest are reminded that campfires remain banned across the entire forest. Even though the extremely hot temperatures have lessened a few degrees, high fire danger still exists. Unfortunately, some recreationists have been ignoring the campfire ban, and in some cases leaving illegal campfires unattended.

Lower temperatures alone will not lessen fire danger, rainfall is also needed. We have been lucky that recent thunderstorms have been accompanied by pockets of rainfall. This moisture helped keep many of the lightning-caused fires small, but it wasn't enough to lessen fire danger.

Leaves, twigs, tree limbs and logs littering the forest floor currently contain very little moisture. These fuels can burn quickly if a flame source is introduced. One of the reasons campfires are banned is because these fuels are so dry.

We can't stress enough how important it is for people to comply with the campfire ban. Most forest visitors do respect the need for the ban, but there are individuals who don't. When illegal campfires are lit, firefighters are diverted from their regular duties to patrol and extinguish them.

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