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PostFri Sep 10, 2021 5:32 pm 
Friday September 10, 2021 17:06 PDT

WDFW NEWS RELEASE

WDFW-managed lands in Eastern Washington will reopen to overnight use Sep. 16 with BURN BAN STILL IN EFFECT


SPOKANE – In response to decreased fire risk and cooler temperatures, wildlife areas managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will reopen to overnight use starting Thursday, Sep. 16.

The only wildlife area in Eastern Washington that remains closed until further notice is the Oak Creek Wildlife Area Unit due to the active Schneider Springs Fire. Access to campgrounds in the Methow Unit of the Methow Wildlife Area will reopen on Friday, Sep. 17 when the U.S. Forest Service plans to reopen East and West Chewuch roads.

“We’re excited to reopen WDFW-managed lands in Eastern Washington to overnight use in advance of most hunting seasons,” said Cynthia Wilkerson, Lands Division Manager for WDFW. “This has been another bad fire year, and we have appreciated the public’s help protecting wildlife habitat and public safety. We are lifting restrictions on camping in many areas, but there is still a risk of wildfire, and we urge people to obey burn bans and take proper precautions.”

An emergency order issued in late June is still in effect and enforced on WDFW-managed lands east of the Cascades through the end of September.

The order prohibits:

- Fires or campfires, including those in fire rings. Personal camp stoves and lanterns fueled by propane, liquid petroleum, or liquid petroleum gas are allowed.

- Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle.

- The discharge of firearms for target-shooting or other purposes by anyone not engaged in lawful hunting.

- Welding and operating chainsaws, including the use of an acetylene torch or other open flame.

- Operating a motor vehicle away from developed roads. Parking is permitted within designated parking areas, including developed campgrounds and trailheads; and in areas without vegetation that are within 10 feet of roadways.

- Members of the public engaged in these high-risk activities will be ticketed as WDFW enforcement officers will be applying a zero-tolerance approach.

For more information on wildfire prevention and to plan your trip to a WDFW wildlife or water access area, visit WDFW's website.

For the latest information on fires in Washington, visit the Department of Natural Resources Fire Dashboard

-WDFW-

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PostSun Sep 12, 2021 5:30 pm 
I was going to do a 20 mile loop today in the Teanaway - up Yellow Hill, Elbow Peak, Jolly Mountain, and down the Middle Fork Teanaway.  Unfortunately I was stopped a coule of miles from the trailhead because the DNR has gated and closed the Middle Fork Teanaway Road since July 23 for extreme fire danger.

Mid September is not high fire season.  Anyone know when DNR land will reopen?  I don't see anything on the DNR website.  https://www.dnr.wa.gov/open

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PostSun Sep 12, 2021 7:16 pm 
crock wrote:
Mid September is not high fire season.

ahem https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Washington_Labor_Day_fires

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PostMon Sep 13, 2021 2:58 pm 
FWIW the Umptanum is open again and the bridge is super awesome looking. They did a heck of a job

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