• The calm, inviting waters of the Spokane Arm. Photo Credit: NPS\LARO\John Salisbury

    Lake Roosevelt

    National Recreation Area Washington

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    In accordance with the 36 CFR §1.5(a)(1), Superintendent Dan Foster has established a restriction for campfires on the exposed lakebed. Campfires in park-provided fire grates at developed campgrounds are allowed. More »

2014 Spring Prescribed Fire Burning Notice

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Date: March 20, 2014
Contact: Tonya Neider, 509-754-7816

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area may implement up to 3 of the following prescribed fires during the spring of 2014.

Controlled burns in Stevens County may include:

  • Rickey #1, 65 acres, near Rickey Point
  • Bradbury Beach 1 and 2,25 acres, near Bradbury Beach

Controlled burns in Ferry County may include:

  • Haag Cove, 57 acres, adjacent to Haag Cove Campground

Controlled burns in Lincoln County may include:

  • Fort Spokane, 25 acres, adjacent to Fort Spokane Campground

The goal of these prescribed burns is to decrease forest fuel loads adjacent to campgrounds, residences and structures.Benefits will include:

  • Reduced small fuels, which are primary fire carriers,
  • Decreased risk of uncontrolled wildfires,
  • Increasednutrients for trees and understory,
  • Increased understory plant diversity and natural reseeding of trees

Safe and favorable weather conditions are expected from the middle of March through the end of May. Ignitions should be completed in one day at Fort Spokane and Bradbury Beach.Ignitions may take two days in Haag Cove and Rickey #1.Public and firefighter safety are always the highest priority in all fire management activities and project areas will be carefully monitored until they are fully extinguished.Residual smoke may be observed for up to two weeks post ignition.

Wildland fire management activities conducted by the National Park Service (NPS) are guided by NPS management policies and the 2001 Federal Wildland Fire Policy.The National Park Service is strongly committed to firefighter and public safety.

Additional information may be found on the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area website at www.nps.gov/laro.

Did You Know?

fire fighter looking at a stand of ponderosas that have become a wildfire danger

Fire is a natural part of Lake Roosevelt's dry forest and desert environment. Park fire fighters, to protect nearby landowners, manage the forest by extinguishing any wildfire, as well as thin, pile up, and burn excess vegetation in winter. Prescribed fires may be lit to burn what is left.