Naches— Two wildfires in the William O. Douglas and Norse Peak Wilderness have prompted Forest Service officials on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest to close a portion of those areas around the fires for public safety reasons. These are two of many lightning caused fires sparked September 8 and 9.
Trail and area closures prohibit public entry. Firefighters, law enforcement officers and agency personnel are exempt from the closure order. Forest Service officials implement closures only when necessary and remove them as soon as they deem an area safe again for public entry. Violations are punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment for up to six months.
Hunters may find some of their hunting areas closed. Hunters are advised to check with Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. ranger stations to get the latest information on closure areas. Maps and information regarding the closure areas and affected trails are also posted at nearby trailheads.
Trails Closed in the Gold Hill Closure Area:
· Union Creek Trail 956 beginning at its intersection with the William O. Douglas boundary then north for its entire length.
· Basin Trail 987 beginning at Basin Lake to its intersection with Pacific Crest Trail 2000 near Norse Peak then south to its terminus near Crown Point.
Trails Closed in the Kettle Creek Closure Area:
· Kettle Creek Trail 957 beginning at the Wilderness boundary then south for its entire length.
· American Ridge Trail 958 beginning at the headwaters of Boulder Creek east to its junction with Pleasant Valley Lake Trail 958B.
· Pleasant Valley Lake Trail 958A beginning at its junction with Pleasant Valley Loop Trail 999 then south for its entire length.
· Goose Prairie Trail 972 beginning at its intersection with the Wilderness boundary then north for its entire length.
· Pleasant Valley Loop Trail 999 beginning at its intersection with Pleasant Valley Lake Trail 958B west to its intersection with the Wilderness boundary southwest of Union Creek.
Law Enforcement officers and other Forest Service employees will be patrolling the closure and fires in the area. Be sure to check access restrictions on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest before heading out into the woods.
For more information please contact the Naches Ranger District at 509-653-1401