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Wild fires near Sullivan Lake continue to grow

Forest fires burning at the end of July east of Sullivan Lake.
Forest fires burning at the end of July east of Sullivan Lake.

WILD FIRES -- Two northeastern Washington wildfires continue to grow and block recreation because of the Noisy Creek Fire on Hall Mountain area east of Sullivan Lake and the North Fork Hughes Fire in a portion of the Shedroof Divide in the Salmo-Priest  Wilderness.

The Colville National Forest has closed Forest Road 22/2220 from East Sullivan Campround to Pass Creek Pass, blocking access to the Shedroof Divide in the Salmo.  The Noisy Creek Campground at the south end of Sullivan Lake has been closed to the public as firefighters work.

The Back Country Horsemen of Washington state-wide work party is cancelled, which is a bummer for all the volunteer planning and effort that went into it not to mention the work for trails that won't get done.

Holly Weiler of Washington Trails Association said a work party she had scheduled for the area is being re-assigned.

In addition, Noisy Creek Campground is closed for public and firefighter safety, but the campgrounds at the north end of Sullivan Lake remain open.

Trail closures:

All travel is prohibited on the following National Forest System (NFS) Trails: Lakeshore Trail No. 504; Noisy Creek Trail No. 588; Hall Mountain Trail No. 540;

Hall Mountain-Grassy Top Trail No. 533; Grassy Top Trail No. 503 from Pass Creek Pass to its intersection with Hall Mountain-Grassy Top Trail No. 533

These closures are in addition to Trail No. 312 (Hughes Fork Trail) and a portion of Trail No. 512 (Shedroof Divide Trail from trail 311 to 312) due to the North Fork Hughes Fire in the Salmo Priest Wilderness.

Sullivan Lake Campground is open and the fire has not impacted any of the campgrounds or recreation opportunities along the Pend Oreille River.

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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