Lake Spokane fire closes campgrounds and recreational area



Posted on July 11, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 11 at 6:30 PM

STEVENS COUNTY, Wash.--The Lake Spokane fire continued to burn on Friday. Hundreds of crews continued to fight the fire near Highway 291 and Corkscrew Canyon Road in Stevens County.

The fire had burned just more than 1,000 acres on Friday and was 30% contained.

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Crews closed the Lake Spokane Campground and Recreational Area. Fire crews were using that area as a base camp.

One woman tried to go kayaking there on Friday morning.

"It was disappointing yes, because we really wanted to go there so we drove to check and ended up here,” said visitor Charlene Montgomery.

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The Lake Spokane Boat Launch and Day Use areas were off limits. The Department of Natural Resources were turning campers to launches on the south end of the lake.  Staff members were sending campers to the Dragoon Creek Campground.

The Department of Natural Resources said it was unclear how long the Lake Spokane Recreational Area would be closed.

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