JEFFERSON COUNTY - From U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Access to McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) will be closed to the public due to multiple wildfires that have broken out in the last forty-eight hours.
There have been four separate wildfires that have started on the Refuge within a twelve day span, two of which have started in the last two days.
The initial wildfire was caused by a lightning strike on Wednesday, August 8, 2012. While wildland firefighters worked to suppress this initial fire, an additional wildfire began burning after a series of storms passed through the area on August 9, 2012.
Approximately fifteen wildland firefighters from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service are currently working to suppress both of these active wildfires. These wildfires pose potential hazards to the public, causing the Refuge to be closed until further notice.
The public is reminded that wildfire conditions could be very dangerous.
To keep communities safe from wildfires, do not build campfires or burn trash/debris piles; do not use fireworks; and properly dispose of cigarettes.
These wildfires are indicators of the potential for additional wildfires in the near future, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff is expecting the active fire season to continue.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation and management of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats of the United States for the benefit of present and future generations.