WDFW News Release: Fire closes portion of Wenas Wildlife Area

WDFW NEWS RELEASE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
http://wdfw.wa.gov/

June 6, 2018
Contact: Ross Huffman, 509-457-9313

Fire closes portion of Wenas Wildlife Area;
annual target shooting restrictions take effect

YAKIMA – A wildfire that started June 2 in Yakima County has prompted the temporary closure of about 4,000 acres of the Wenas Wildlife Area near Selah to protect firefighters and help ensure public safety.

Ross Huffman, regional lands manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said access from Buffalo Road and Lower Buffalo Road will be blocked until approximately June 30, while firefighters from the Washington Department of Natural Resources mop up the blaze and guard against flare-ups.

He said the closure will prevent access to the southern trailhead of the popular Skyline Trail on Lower Buffalo Road, as well as about 3 miles of the trail itself.

The closure area is bordered by the Yakima River on the east and by elk fencing on the west and south. The northern boundary extends roughly due west from Roza Dam. A map of the area is online at https://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas/wenas/buffalo_fire_closure_2018.pdf.

Wildlife area Manager Cindi Confer Morris said the cause of the fire, which burned about 1,800 acres, is under investigation.

She also said WDFW’s annual target shooting restrictions took effect this week and will remain in place through September – across the entire 105,000-acre wildlife area – to reduce the potential for wildfire during warm and dry weather. Target shooting is permitted only from sunrise to 10 a.m. each day, when temperatures are cooler and humidity higher.

Confer Morris said target shooting has caused numerous wildfires in the area, damaging wildlife habitat and neighboring private land, and creating public safety concerns.

Huffman said WDFW began seasonal shooting restrictions in 2012, with the support of the community-based Wenas Wildlife Area Advisory Committee.

“Thanks to the work of our advisors and the cooperation of local community residents, there hasn’t been a target shooting-caused fire during the restricted period since 2014,” he said.

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Upcoming: EWA Naneum Ridge State Forest Maintenance

Naneum Ridge State Forest

Naneum Ridge State Forest

The 2nd Annual
Naneum Ridge State Forest
Maintenance Work Party

Work Party Saturday June 30th, 2018 9:30am-3:00pm
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures
Sponsored by Selah Sweets

THIS IS A COMMUNITY EVENT OPEN TO EVERYONE

This event is eligible for a voucher toward a complimentary Discover Pass.

The Clean Up starts at 9:30AM Saturday May 5th, 2018, at the Coleman Orchard. Sign in before 10 AM. Make sure you say if you need a day pass.

SIGN IN INFO:
Check in the day of the event at the Coleman Orchard. Check in time 9:30 AM.

Join DNR staff and partners from Eastern Washington Adventures to pick up litter and help maintain green dot roads in our Naneum Ridge State Forest near Ellensburg.

What to bring
Volunteers should weather-appropriate clothing, gloves, boots, water, lunch and a legal four-wheel drive vehicle to navigate green dot roads.

Directions
Meet at the Coleman Orchard. From Ellensburg, drive east out Vantage Highway approximately 5 miles and turn north on Number 81 Road.  In 3.1 miles at the T, turn east onto Brick Mill Road and continue for 1.3 miles. Turn north onto Cooke Canyon Road and turn west at the T.  Continue 2.4 miles on the primitive road to the Coleman Orchard. Get directions.

Camping information
A Discover Pass is required for all street licensed vehicles that are parked for camping.

Contact us if you want to camp at the EWA Club Camp. It will not be at the sign in area. Meet & Greets Friday and Saturday evenings.

Click for DNR Official Event Info

See photos of past events: 2017

Any questions please contact:

Eastern Washington Adventures
3250 Selah Loop Rd., Selah, WA 98942
EasternWashingtonAdventures.com
(509) 698-4244
E-mail: EasternWashingtonAdventures@gmail.com


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Selah Sweets is the gift shop where you can get souvenirs, snacks & shaved ice.

 


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Upcoming: EWA Outdoor Recreation Yard Sale

Eastern Washington Adventures Outdoor Recreation Yard Sale

Eastern Washington Adventures Outdoor Recreation Yard Sale

Eastern Washington Adventures Outdoor Recreation Yard Sale
 Saturday June 9th, 2018 9:00am-3:00pm
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures
Sponsored by Selah Sweets

Outdoor Recreation info, outdoor recreation gear, ORV parts, 4×4 parts, tires, Camping gear, Fishing and hunting type stuff, and other.

Free admission!

Are you looking to sale your “USED” outdoor recreation gear, ORV parts, 4×4 parts, Fishing and hunting type stuff? Vendor booth space available.

10’x10′ for $10 donate. Bring your own power and shade/shelter.

Note: We are not taking vendor apps after Friday June 8th. Booth set up with vehicles moved outside of vendor areas must  be done before 9 AM opening .

Download App at:
http://selahsweets.com/events/2018/EWA_Outdoor_Recreation_Yard_Sale.pdf

Any questions please contact:

Eastern Washington Adventures
3250 Selah Loop Rd., Selah, WA 98942
(509) 698-4244
E-mail: EasternWashingtonAdventures@gmail.com
EasternWashingtonAdventures.com


Go Play EWA


Selah SweetsEastern Washington Adventures
has an Outdoor Recreation Information Center and holds many free events.

Selah Sweets is the gift shop where you can get souvenirs, snacks & shaved ice.

 


Eastern Washington Adventures

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Upcoming: EWA Wenas Recreation Area Clean Up & Camp Out

Wenas Clean Up

Wenas Clean Up

The 2nd Annual
Wenas Recreation Area Clean Up & Camp Out
Clean up Saturday May 5th, 2018 9:30am-3:00pm
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures
Sponsored by Selah Sweets

THIS IS A COMMUNITY EVENT OPEN TO EVERYONE

This event is eligible for a voucher toward a complimentary Discover Pass.

The Clean Up starts at 9:30AM Saturday May 5th, 2018, at BBQ Flats. Sign in before 10 AM. Make sure you say if you need a day pass.

SIGN IN INFO:
At the link below, people can fill out their information ahead of the work party and then just sign their name to check in the day of the event at BBQ Flats. Check in time 9:30 AM.
https://www.dnr.wa.gov/event/wenas-green-dot-clean

Join DNR staff and partners from Eastern Washington Adventures to pick up litter and help maintain Wenas Wildlife Area green dot roads near BBQ Flats and Cascade Park.

What to bring
Volunteers should weather-appropriate clothing, gloves, boots, water, lunch and a legal four-wheel drive vehicle to navigate green dot roads.

Directions
Meet at BBQ Flats. From Highway I-82, take Exit 26. Turn right onto WA-821 North and left onto WA-823 South. In 2 miles turn right onto North Wenas Road. In 20 miles turn left onto Maloy Road and follow out to BBQ Flats. Please drive slowly on Maloy Road near the homes.

Camping information: A Discover Pass is required for all street licensed vehicles that are parked for camping. Everyone is welcome to camp at the Base Camp. Meet & Greets Friday and Saturday evenings.

See photos of past events: 2017

Any questions please contact:

Selah Sweets
3250 Selah Loop Rd., Selah, WA 98942
SelahSweets.com
(509) 698-4244
E-mail: EasternWashingtonAdventures@gmail.com


Eastern Washington Adventures


Selah Sweets - Eastern Washing AdventuresSelah Sweets
makes handcrafted snacks, shaved ice, and has souvenirs.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

Eastern Washington Adventures
is an Outdoor Recreation Information Center that holds many free events.


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Upcoming: Slab ORV Area Clean Up

Slab ORV Area

Slab ORV Area Clean Up

Come out to the
Annual Slab ORV Area Clean Up!

This Saturday, March 17th, 2018, from 10 AM – 3 PM.

Hosted by the Yakima Valley Dust Dodgers & Eastern Washington Adventures.

What to bring: Volunteers should bring gloves, water, lunch and dress appropriately for working outdoors. Volunteers are encouraged to bring 4×4 rigs, side-by-sides & ATVs.

Direction: Click for Directions to the Slab

For more info: E-mail Clay Graham at EasternWashingtonAdventures@gmail.com

 


Eastern Washington Adventures


Selah Sweets - Eastern Washing AdventuresSelah Sweets
makes handcrafted snacks, shaved ice, and has souvenirs.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

Eastern Washington Adventures
is an Outdoor Recreation Information Center that holds many free events.


Selah SweetsEastern Washington Adventures

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