firefighters contain refuge fire
Firefighters at the Little Pend Orielle National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Washington have contained a fire started by lightning from a thunderstorm on September 1. The storm dropped several strikes on the refuge keeping firefighters from the refuge and neighboring cooperators busy for several days as the fire burned in a mixed-conifer forest with scattered woody debris. Crews worked on the ground to construct a fireline around the fire while using a helicopter to help cool hotspots.
Although the fire is contained, firefighters continue to work on any remaining heat. Managers anticipate declaring the fire out in the next couple of days.
The refuge is unique to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service because it is the only mountainous, mixed-conifer forest refuge outside of Alaska. With elevations ranging 1,800 to 5,610 feet, Little Pend Orielle hosts a diversity of plant and wildlife species. The refuge also offers multitudes of recreation opportunities to its visitors.
A helicopter drops buckets of water on a fire started by lightning on the Little Pend Orielle National Wildlife
Firefighters dig fireline around a fire started by lightning on Little Pend Orielle National Wildlife Refuge in Washington. Dan Brauner, USFWS
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