WILDFIRES -- The Porcupine Bay campground and boat ramp area have been closed today because of wildfire activity, National Park Service officials say.
The Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area supervisor said in a statement:
This action is due to recent activity from the Carpenter Road fire that has brought it closer to Porcupine Bay. These closures are in addition with the closures instituted on August 20, 2015. Current and predicted red flag conditions are contributing to continued high fire danger. The National Park Service has instituted these closures to ensure the highest level of safety for visitors and employees, as safe evacuation from this remote location cannot be guaranteed.
Most of the boat access sites on the 150-mile long recreation area behind Grand Coulee Dam are closed, with notable exceptions that include the Kettle Falls, Fort Spokane and Spring Canyon sites.
The closed sites are Porcupine Bay, Hunters, Gifford, Cloverleaf, Daisy, Bradbury Beach, Colville Flats, Kettle Falls Campground, Kettle Falls day-use areas, St. Paul's Mission, Marcus Island, Evens, North Gorge, China Bend, Snag Cove, Napoleon Bridge, Kettle River, Kamloops Island, Haag Cove and French Rocks.