August 22, 2012
Wildfire forces closure at Ahtanum State Forest
Campgrounds, trailhead, and Middle Fork Road are closed until further notice
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is immediately closing Ahtanum Meadows, Ahtanum Campground, and Whites Ridge Trailhead to assist with fire suppression efforts with the Diamond Butte fire. The closures are expected to last at least through the weekend. Access to the Middle Fork Road will be limited to authorized personnel only. Dispersed recreation opportunities are allowed off the South Fork Road, Nasty Creek Road, North Fork Road, and Jackass Road. Campfires are prohibited.
| Who:||Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR)|
|Temporary closure of Ahtanum Meadows, Ahtanum Campground, and Whites Ridge Trailhead in the Ahtanum State Forest. Access to the Middle Fork River will be impacted.|
|Effective immediately until further notice. To stay up to date on fire closures and information, follow DNR’s Fire Twitter.|
| Where: ||Ahtanum State Forest, west of Yakima. The Middle Fork Road is closed to the public.|
| Why:||The campgrounds are closed to support Diamond Butte Fire suppression efforts.|
Directions and web link:
Map of Ahtanum State Forest and surrounding area
Diamond Butte Fire closures and information available on InciWeb.
DNR’s wildfire mission
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 12.7 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestlands. DNR is the state's largest on-call fire department, with over 1,000 employees trained and available to be dispatched to fires as needed. During fire season, this includes over 700 DNR employees who have other permanent jobs with the agency and about 400 seasonal employees hired for firefighting duties. Additionally, Department of Corrections’ adult offenders and Department of Social and Health Services-Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration juvenile offenders participate in the DNR correctional camps program. DNR also participates in Washington's coordinated interagency approach to firefighting.
Media Contact: Diana Lofflin, Recreation Program Communications Manager, 360-902-1169, Diana.Lofflin@dnr.wa.gov
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