McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge Re-Opens to the Public

ANAHUAC, August 11, 2012 - Access to McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) was closed August 9, 2012, due to potentials hazards caused by multiple wildfires. The Refuge is now open during its regular operating hours, and the public is welcome to participate in normal recreational activities on the Refuge. Both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service have wildland firefighters working to manage these wildfires and all burn-out operations have been a complete success. These wildfires have burned approximately 4,000 acres of the Refuge so far, and firefighters will continue to monitor the remaining wildfire, but hazards have been reduced.

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.

For more information please contact Tami Schutter, (409) 284-3678.


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