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It was a hot Sunday, so Peter and Teri Jo Christianson, who live near Badger Lake, decided to spend the day on the water.
Gov. Jay Inslee issued a statewide emergency proclamation Wednesday to help direct resources to wildfires.
The Badger Lake fire burning south of Cheney has swallowed up 244 acres and led to level 3 evacuations, which signal that danger is imminent and residents need to leave immediately.
Four fires, all less than 10 acres in size, were reported burning near the two lakes southwest of Cheney in Spokane County on Sunday evening.
Fire crews in Cheney on Thursday
Fire officials ordered the evacuation of about 10 homes near the intersection of Graham Road and Highway 904 near Cheney on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.
FISHING – A proposal for using rotenone to restore Badger Lake into a standout trout-fishing lake will be presented at a public meeting on Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the Spokane County Public Library, 610 First St. in Cheney. The treatment would rid the lake of bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, brown bullheads and tench so that cutthroat and rainbow trout can be restored.
A neighbor’s quick action helped state officials nab a Badger Lake property owner for illegal application of aquatic herbicides at the lake south of Cheney. The neighbor noticed a strong chemical smell coming from Bruce Schwan’s dock area on the morning of April 7 and saw an empty, 10-pound box of Aquacide in Schwan’s trash can, which had been set out for garbage pickup.
The opening day of Washington's lowland trout fishing season is a timeless tradition for many Inland Northwest families. The fishing action and camaraderie that lures anglers to area lakes on the fourth Saturday in April is the common denominator year after year. Outdoors editor Rich Landers has been covering opening day for more than 35 years. His photos from a recent season opener at Spokane area lakes captures the essence of the day.
Two hot fishing topics emerged this week: • Where are the behemoths in the Columbia River’s record run of chinook salmon?
A proposal to restore Badger Lake to its traditional status among the top trout fisheries in Washington got mixed reviews at a public meeting Wednesday in Cheney. The Spokane County lake is one of three Eastern Washington lakes proposed by state fisheries biologists to be treated with rotenone. The organic agent kills fish by preventing their gills from processing oxygen.
Badger Lake residents challenged and postponed an aquatic weed herbicide application proposed by other lake residents. Felt got the boot in Maryland, the first state to ban felt-soled boots for fishing to help reduce the spread of invasive species that threaten stream habitats and fish. A similar ban took effect a few weeks later in Vermont. Alaska is scheduled to ban felt-sole wading boots this year.
A plan to apply herbicides in the water has stirred up controversy at Badger Lake. One of Washington’s top trout fishing destinations, the Spokane County lake also is home to a few dozen people and a summer retreat to a few hundred more.