Monday, August 15, 2011

Corps posts temporary fire restrictions on Dworshak lands; dry forest conditions pose wildfire risk

AHSAHKA, Idaho – Extremely dry forest conditions prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to place temporary fire restrictions on all Corps-managed lands around Dworshak Dam and Reservoir, effective Thursday, Aug. 18.

To reduce the risk of wildfires occurring, campfires – using metal fire rings only – must be completely extinguished between and The fire restrictions include all developed campgrounds and mini-camps, according to Deb Norton, lead ranger for the Corps at Dworshak. Camping is allowed only in designated Corps and Idaho State Park campsites around Dworshak Dam and Reservoir.

Restrictions will remain in effect until fire-risk conditions change.

Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protection Agency and Corps of Engineers wildland fire managers want to ensure Dworshak Reservoir visitors are aware of the fire-risk conditions and temporary fire restrictions.

“Visitors should take extra precautions not only with campfires, but also with other sources of ignition, such as cigarettes, vehicle exhaust systems and even charcoal briquettes. Visitors should carry a shovel, bucket and fire extinguisher to quench their fires,” said Norton.

All visitors are encouraged to keep an eye out for potential fire risks and contact the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office or Dworshak staff if they see, for example, an unattended campfire, or observe smoke, suspiciously larger than what a normal campfire would produce.

For more information about recreation opportunities or fire conditions at Dworshak, contact Dworshak staff at 208-476-1255. Outdoor recreation information is also available on the Corps’ Walla Walla District website at

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