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Colockum remains closed by fire danger; region dry, dry, dry

Hundreds of firefighters from throughout the region responded to the wildfire near Lake Chelan on Wednesday. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Hundreds of firefighters from throughout the region responded to the wildfire near Lake Chelan on Wednesday. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

PUBLIC LANDS — Be sure to check ahead for possible fire restriction before setting out for a hunting or camping trip this weekend. Closures are in effect in some areas as fires continue to burn in the absense of fall rains that normally would have wet the landscape by now.

A vast tract of state land including the Colockum area and Stemilt basin are closed to hunting and other recreation due to danger from the Table Mountain Complex fires.

Sgt. Kent Sisson of Chelan County Emergency Management said fire personnel are in the process of posting information boards in the area and signs alerting hunters and other recreators. Fires, including campfires, are also prohibited until further notice.

NO GREENUP COULD IMPACT BIG GAME

The lack of September rain has left big-game without a “fall green-up,” the sprouting of green vegetation in the warm “Indian Summer”  after a September rain shower. This greenup is very important to game putting on fat for fall.

The green-up or lack of it factors into their winter survival.

Keep your fingers crossed.




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