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Contact: Denise Bausch, 509-754-7830
Effective 12:01 am Friday, July 28, 2017, the area located within the boundary of the 2016 Hart Road Fire will be reopened to the public. This opening includes all National Park Service managed lands from the park boundary to the waterline to appropriate boat and foot traffic.
Enter the area affected by the fire at your own risk. Over the course of the coming years the trees within the burn area will remain a falling hazard. When recreating within this area pay attention to what you are near or underneath. Avoid cliffs with trees directly above or nearby. Make sure to check the weather forecasts. If high winds or heavy rains are predicted, evacuate the area as these will increase the potential for falling trees, landslides, mudslides, and rolling rocks.
Because fire is an important part of this ecosystem, the National Park Service is allowing this area to regenerate naturally. Fire reduces dead vegetation, stimulates new growth, and improves habitat for wildlife. Even the burned trees provide cover for new plant life as well as habitat for insects and birds.
Park visitors are also reminded that all motor vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles, may only be operated on authorized park roads within Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area (LRNRA). Off-roading is not allowed anywhere at LRNRA. Those found to be driving off road may receive a federal violation notice, have their vehicle confiscated and be held liable for all costs relating to the response, assessment and restoration of the area of their damage. All vehicle travel within the Hart Road Fire is considered off-roading because there are no officially designated roads within this area other than those that access private in-holdings.
Help reduce the spread of invasive plants and aquatic species by thoroughly cleaning shoes, boats, and camping gear.