Forest Fire Season - West
Well it's here and in full swing, Forest Fire season! Here in the west we have 35 major fires burning in 6 states. 2 that are now causing access problems to fisheries are;
Montana - Kelly Point Fire - 3250 acres 38 miles southeast of the town of Bigfork. Closures are in effect for the South Fork Flathead from Salmon to Meadow Creek.
Alaska - Greyling Creek - 16,000 acres is 15 miles Northwest of the town of Anvik.
This fire threatens the Anvik River Fisheries.
With it being the 2nd week in August and a long dry spell ahead, please use extreme caution as you head into the baccountry!
Use stoves instead of campfires for cooking, and keep all campfires contained
Crush out smokes and matches and dispose of correctly
Never leave any fires un-attended.
This information from the NIFC ( National Interangency Fire Center )
Ill be heading into the Mt Jefferson wilderness on Friday, hope you have a good one!
Sorry to hear about your fire troubles.
And welcome to the Forum! Glad to have you on board.
The forest fire situation in the Western United States, and worldwide for that matter, is a healthy part of a Forest's life. It has been shown in studies that many benefits for a range of plant and animal species are a direct result from natural forest fires. Better understanding of Forest Management practices (thinning, ground cover management, remote residential property gromming, etc) as well as the personal things I mentioned earlier on, will lessen the impact of this "normal" part of the wilderness on residences and business.
I just finished reading accounts from the early 1800's for a related piece, when there was no way to stop fires in the West. Upon returning into the areas the following spring, people there told of plant and wildlife thriving!
Reporting these incidents from a flyfishing perspective helps with travel plans and gives the reader insight as to what they can expect when they arrive at an area, or allows them to make informed decisions for alternate spots. It also lets folks know how fisheries in this region are evolving.
One more for the list;
Blossom Complex - Now over 7700 acres is 25 miles NE of Gold Beach Oregon on the SE side of Panther Ridge near Insperation Point and Tucker Flat in the Wild Rouge Wilderness. The river is now closed to anyone drifting in the area of the burn.
The Park fire has now burned 150 acres in La Pine State Park 7 miles North of the town of La Pine, Oregon.
A section of the upper Dechutes river is closed so aircraft can pick up water for drops. At last report the fire was 20% contained.
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