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Prescribed Fire at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge

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This spring, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge will be conducting prescribed burns. These burns will accomplish Refuge management objectives for reducing hazardous accumulations of fuel, thinning dense stands of forest regeneration, and improving forage and cover for wildlife. Thinning of forests provides for a more natural tree density which benefits native wildlife and helps to minimize potential insect infestations. 

April 7, 2016

Contact: Ken Meinhart or Alice Hanley (509) 235-4723


Friday, April 8th, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be conducting a prescribed burn in the public use area within the Pine Creek Auto Tour Route.  This will require a closure of the Tour Route, as deemed necessary, for public and firefighter safety. It is anticipated the Auto Tour Route will be closed all day Friday through Saturday morning. Access status will be posted at the entrance fee station.

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Last Updated: Apr 07, 2016
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