Agencies move to improve rec areas

— Many areas enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts were ravaged by fires in the last couple of years.

Officials are now implementing plans to address road, train, invasive plant, water quality and issues affecting those areas.

“Now that post-fire assessments and mapping are complete, we are targeting the specific areas of the forest that pose the greatest post-fire risks,” U.S. Forest Service Hydrologist Molly Hanson said. “Work on the ground is starting now and could last until next fall.”

A barge will haul large metal “wing defectors” to the campground to redirect debris flows away from recreation facilities on the slopes above Lake Chelan, where approximately 62 percent of the 2017 Uno Peak Fire burned.

To the south, only 16 percent of the Jolly Mountain Fire burned at a moderate or high intensity.

Response efforts there will focus on erosion control.

Key Emergency Response Treatment Efforts:

• Diamond Creek Fire — 45 miles of road/trail drainage, signage and invasive plants

• Jack Creek Fire — 3 miles of trail drainage, signage and invasive plants

• Jolly Mountain Fire — 9 miles of road/trail drainage, dispersed camping barriers

• Norse Peak Fire — 67 miles of road/trail drainage, signage and invasive plants

• Uno Peak Fire — 9 miles of road/trail drainage, dock removal

“Wildfires and post-fire risks have always been and will always be with us in Central Washington,” Hanson said.


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