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Lake Meredith National Recreation Area News Release
For Immediate Release: May 14, 2014
Contact: Robert Maguire, 806-857-3151
All Areas within Lake Meredith NRA Open Following Wildfire
Some Sites Temporarily Inaccessible due to Road Closures Outside of the Park
FRITCH, Texas – All areas of Lake Meredith National Recreation Area now open following the Double Diamond Fire. The 2,583 acre fire started near Fritch, Texas and burned through the east side of the park on May 11, 2014. Approximately 1,474 acres or 2.3 square miles burned within the park boundary. Some areas remain temporarily inaccessible by vehicle due to road closures outside the National Recreation Area. "Our partner agencies worked together seamlessly to provide safe and effective suppression efforts," said Lake Meredith National Recreation Area and Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument Superintendent Robert Maguire.
Superintendent Maguire said, "Our hearts go out to those affected by the Double Diamond Fire. We know there will be a long healing process for those affected by the fire. " "The park did not escape impacts from the fire," said Superintendent Maguire. He added, "No structures were damaged, however visitors will see areas where the fire swept through and stripped the land of vegetation. Due to the ongoing drought we do not expect to see recovery to vegetation until significant rains occur."
Park visitors should exercise caution when visiting fire affected areas. Guardrails are damaged at Fritch Fortress and drivers should reduce speed when traveling in the area. Blowing dust may be especially harsh in recently burned areas. Power is being restored to the area, but it may be some time before all park facilities are fully operational. The recently opened Harbor Bay Trail is partially in the burned area, but is open for use from the Harbor Bay trailhead.
Visitors to Lake Meredith National Recreation Area are encouraged to call for the latest information on closures and restrictions. Fire bans and restrictions remain in effect. No open fires are permitted within the park, and surrounding counties are under burn bans.
For more information you may contact Lake Meredith National Recreation Area at (806) 857-3151 or the Alibates Visitor Center at (806) 857-6680. You can also visit the Lake Meredith NRA park website News page. For the latest Double Diamond fire information, please visit: http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/main/article.aspx?id=12888.
NOTICE: RESCHEDULING dates for the Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Plan/DEIS) public meetings.
March 19, 2013, from 5:30 -7:30 pm at the Ashmore Inn and Suites, located at 2301 East I-40 (Grand St. exit) in Amarillo, Texas and on March 20, 2013, from 5:30 -7:30 pm at the Sanford-Fritch Schools Business Office, located at 54a40 Eagle Blvd. in Fritch, TX. Recreation Area staff will be available to answer questions during the meeting, The input received at the public meetings, and during the public comment period, will be used to help develop the final Plan/EDIS. The comment period ends March 26, 2013. All written comments must be postmarked by this date.
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Did You Know?
Lake Meredith is named for A.A. Meredith, who championed the Canadian River Dam project. Over his lifetime, Meredith served with the WPA, was city manager of Borger, and was secretary of the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority. More...