Flooding has prompted temporary closures of several northern Washington campgrounds and roads on state wildlife areas in Okanogan County, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports.
Areas closed to motor vehicles to protect public safety and prevent further damage are posted with signs and will remain closed until conditions improve, said Justin Haug, WDFW Sinlahekin Wildlife Area manager. More rain is expected in the area this week, he said, so the closures are in effect indefinitely.
The Okanogan Unit is partially owned by the Douglas County PUD and includes about 100 acres of shrubsteppe, wetland and riparian habitat. It is located about one mile north of the Columbia River. Its wetland and the adjacent Okanogan River provide habitat for waterfowl and other water birds. Upland game birds occurring on the unit include ring-necked pheasant, California quail and grey partridge.
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