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Fire Closes Trails in Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Posted by Loren Drummond at Aug 07, 2013 06:20 PM |
Two trails in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness have closed due to a small, lightning-caused fire that started over the weekend. A burn ban on state lands and other campfire restrictions remain in place across the state to prevent new fires from starting.
Fire Closes Trails in Alpine Lakes Wilderness

The Granite Fire burning in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Photos by Okanogan-Wentachee National Forest.

A 30 acre lightning-caused fire, burning 19 miles west of Leavenworth, prompted the Forest Service to close trails around Klonaqua Lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area yesterday. A burn ban on state lands and other campfire restrictions also remain in place across the state to prevent new fires from starting.

Trail closures around Klonaqua Lakes

The burning area has been dubbed the Granite Fire, and spanned approximately seven square miles yesterday. Download a map of the area closed to the public.

Trail closures in this area include:


Concern for public and firefighter safety is the reason for the closures, says the Okanogan-Wentachee National Forest Service. Rangers have posted signs at trailheads leading into the closed area.

The smell and haze of smoke may be noticeable to hikers in the Icicle drainage and also in the town of Leavenworth depending upon weather conditions and wind direction. Fire managers do not anticipate that smoke will affect any tourism activities in and around Leavenworth.

The fire was started by a lightning storm that passed through North Central Washington on Sunday, August 4.

Burn bans aim to prevent more fires, costs, closures

Lightning has started a few wildfires in the state, but most fires are caused by human activities -- including the largest wildfire this season, the still-burning 80,000+ acre Colockum Tarps fire south of Wenatchee.

To help prevent wildfires from starting in a hot, dry summer season, state agencies have banned campfires and the use of barbecue briquettes on all state lands, including State Parks. There are also some fire restrictions issued on National Forests and National Parks lands across Washington.

More wildfire resources

 

Granite Fire from air.
Granite Fire from the air. Photo Okanogan-Wentachee National Forest

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