Lake Roosevelt Fuels and Fire staff, with the assistance of the Mount Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest, Olympic National Forest, Colville National Forest, 3 Rivers Ranger District, Little Pend Orielle National Wildlife Refuge, Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, North Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, North Cascades Smokejumper Base, and the Baker River Hotshot crew, completed all of our spring burning at Lake Roosevelt. Two units, North Gorge and Kettle Falls Administration area were successfully ignited with no control issues. Fire treatment was completed on 67 acres of park lands. The units were mopped and patrolled through June. Smoke has not been observed in the units since late May, and status was consequently changed to "Out" on June 20, 2013.
Environmental Assessment October 16, 2000
The Resource Management Plan (1997) acknowledges the need for suppression of all fires and for the development of a prescribed fire management plan. It states "… a full suppression policy is in effect… A prescribed fire program is being developed … for the fire-dependent (seral) ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) forests in the park".
2013 Fuel Reduction Projects
There are eight proposed fuel reduction projects for 2013. Click on the map for more details.
For more information on Lake Roosevelt's Fire Management Program, check out our 2012 Fire Mailing.
Did You Know?
A common rumor at Lake Roosevelt is that the National Park Service controls the lake level. This is not true. The lake level is controlled by Bureau of Reclamation computers that optimize lake levels for only five things: flood control, power production, irrigation, dam repairs, and salmon runs.