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Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness still mostly closed by fires

Grizzly Complex wildfire closure includes most of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness on map updated Sept. 29, 2015.  (U.S. Forest Service)
Grizzly Complex wildfire closure includes most of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness on map updated Sept. 29, 2015. (U.S. Forest Service)

WILDFIRES -- The Grizzly Bear Complex fires in the Blue Mountains have been hard to tame in the continued dry weather, forcing fire managers to keep most of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness closed to public access.

The fire, ignited by lightning on Aug. 13, is 44 percent contained and still burning actively in the wilderness interior near Melton Creek, Second Creek, Crooked Creek, Monument Ridge and Grizzly bear Ridge.

The closure order and map revised on Sept. 18 remains in place; closing for entry the area (in general terms): north of Forest Service Road (FSR) 62 and the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness Area east of Sawtooth Trail and south of TeePee Trail.

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