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Fire order issued for refuges in mid-Columbia River fire zone


Due to extreme fire conditions, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has imposed a complete ban on activities likely to start a fire on national wildlife refuges in the Mid-Columbia River Fire Zone. This ban took effect at 12:01 a.m. on June 27 and remains in effect until midnight, Sept. 30. 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. Use of 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. Fi...

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