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Recent Storm Damaged Forest Service Roads & Facilities – Ignited Small Fires

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Recent Storm Damaged Forest Service Roads & Facilities – Ignited Small Fires

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July 24, 2012

(Okanogan, WA) Friday’s storm led to damage of some Forest Service roads and facilities in Okanogan County, as well as a few small lightning caused fires.

Fire crews patrolling over the weekend re-opened roads that were blocked by downed trees and found damage at campgrounds and a corral.  The water pump at Beaver Lake was struck by a falling tree. At Bonaparte campground, the roof of an outbuilding sustained minor damage.  There was also a downed tree in a corral in the Fir Creek area.

Friday night, firefighters removed downed trees from Highway 20 near Sweat Creek.  Over the weekend, the crew focused on main roads first, re-opening roads 3100, 3125, and 3120.  The 3010 road is washed out at Aeneas Springs.

“Our first priority was driving the main roads and removing debris where necessary to ensure that travelers could get through,” said Jeff Ayers, Assistant Fire Management Officer.  “There could still be spur roads that are blocked by down trees or washouts.”

Crews indicated that the main roads in the Bonaparte Mountain and Lyman Lake areas are open.

Firefighters on the Methow Valley Ranger District responded to five small lightning caused fires over the weekend.

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