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August 6, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Fire closes Klonaqua Lakes, may send smoke into Leavenworth

Leavenworth could get smoke and haze from a nearby wildfire, forest officials warn. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times)

Leavenworth could get smoke and haze from a nearby wildfire, forest officials warn. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest on Tuesday closed the area and trails around Klonaqua Lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness because of a lightning-caused wildfire affecting 30 acres.

Designated as the Granite Mountain Fire, it is burning 19 miles west of Leavenworth.

An area of approximately seven square miles is closed to public entry around the fire zone.  Trail closures in this area include Klonaqua Lakes Trail No. 1563 and French Creek Trail No. 1595 from its intersection with Snowall Creek Trail No. 1560 to its intersection with Paddy-Go-Easy Trail.

Signs advising recreationists of the fire and closures will be posted at trailheads leading into the closed area.

The smell and haze of smoke may be noticeable in the Icicle drainage and also in the town of Leavenworth depending upon weather conditions and wind direction.  Fire managers do not anticipate that smoke will affect any tourism activities in and around Leavenworth.

The fire was started by a lightning storm that passed through North Central Washington on Sunday. More information: 509-548-2579.

Comments | More in Northwest, Outdoors, wildfires | Topics: Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Klonaqua Lakes, Leavenworth

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