U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service imposes fire ban in the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today has imposed a ban on activities likely to start a fire on refuges in the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Included in the order are the Hanford Reach National Monument and Columbia, Cold Springs,
Conboy Lake, McKay Creek, McNary, Toppenish and Umatilla national wildlife refuges.
Building any fire, including the use of charcoal briquettes and cooking stoves, is prohibited. Also banned are smoking outside of an enclosed vehicle and operation of any motor without an approved and working spark arrester. Fireworks are banned year-round.
The 2011 fire season has not produced …