Prescribed burns possible at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

Lake Roosevelt

COULEE DAM, Wash. — The Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area may implement several prescribed fires this fall.

Prescribed fires include 67 acres near the Gifford Campground and Boat Launch, along with large piles at Evans, Kettle Falls, Fort Spokane, Keller Ferry, and Spring Canyon.

The goal of the prescribed fires are to promote forest health and decrease natural fuel for future wildfires. Prescribed fires also help protect nearby campgrounds, homes, and structures.

Benefits include:

  • Increased plant diversity and natural reseeding of trees
  • Retaining healthy plants and trees with resiliency to fire, insects, and disease
  • Reduced small fuels
  • Decreased risk and intensity of uncontrolled wildfires
  • Increased nutrients for trees and understory

Favorable weather conditions may occur in late September through December. The fires may last two days at Gifford. Pile burns will last one to two days.

The areas will be carefully monitored up to two weeks until the fires are fully extinguished.

You can find more information on the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area here.