PUBLIC LANDS -- The 2015 Wolverine wild fire on the east slope of the Cascades has had a long-term impact on recreation as standing snags, washouts and other fire-related hazards have blocked public access to some roads, recreation areas and trails.
But the Okanogan-Wenatcheen National Forest says it's reopening public acces to several popular recreation areas this year, including Silver Falls on the Entiat Ranger District.
"This summer dozens of popular campsites, recreation areas, and more than 40 miles of trails will be available as snow melts off the forest," the district officials say in a media release.
“These places in the Upper Entiat are special and I welcome folks back to the valley,” said Entiat District Ranger James Simino. “However, wildfires like the Wolverine Fire changed this landscape leaving behind hazards which visitors need to be aware of, such as burned out stump holes and downed trees across trails.”
Monitoring will continue and some safety restrictions, site closures or day-use limitations will remain in place depending on the location.