TUESDAY, OCT. 2, 2012

Campfire ban extended at Lake Roosevelt

PUBLIC LANDS -- No campfires will be allowed at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation area except at designated grated campfire sites at least through Sunday. See the park's announcement issued Monday: In accordance with the 2012 Superintendent’s Compendium, Acting Superintendent Natalie Gates has extended the ban...

MONDAY, OCT. 1, 2012

Impact of fires on wildlife won’t be known until spring

WILDLIFE LANDS -- Wild fires continue to char and in some cases nuke forests and other wildlife habitat in scattered areas around the Inland Northwest. But the future isn't all black. Before-after-photos at Naneum Lake (above) hint at the impact of the Table Mountain Fire,...

THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 2012

Peak fire season tips for hunters

HUNTING -- It's not news that the fields are dry and fire danger is extreme. But don't let your guard down when you go out hunting or recreating. One thoughtless moment in these conditions can be costly. Hunters, who have an especially big responsibility to...

MONDAY, SEPT. 17, 2012

Map shows forest areas closed by fires in Leavenworth-Wenatchee area

FOREST FIRES -- The map above from the Wenatchee National Forest shows areas off limits to visitors because of forest fires in the Central Washington area. The closures affect hikes in prime season and hunters out for Washington's early High Buck Hunt that opened Saturday.

Cool-headed backpackers evacuate Alpine Lakes as fires close in

BACKPACKING -- After reading my post this morning about fire-related closures affecting hikers in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Stephanie Akker of Kennewick emailed me the photo (above) snapped Saturday from the Colchuck Lake area as she decided to evacuate during the night to safety. I...

Fires restrict access to Alpine Lakes Wilderness, other areas

HIKING -- Many backpackers with coveted permits for the prime September season in the Enchantment Lakes area of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in northcentral Washington are finding their plans up in smoke. Area includes Eightmile Road, Colchuck, Stuart, Eightmile, Caroline, and Trout lakes, and the...

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