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600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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November 28, 2017
Contact: Lauri Vigue, 360-902-2549

WDFW hosts meeting about
Scatter Creek Wildlife Area wildfire

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is hosting an open house Dec. 13 to discuss the effects of a recent wildfire on the Scatter Creek Wildlife area in Thurston County.

The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., Dec. 13, at Swede Hall, 18543 Albany St. SW, Rochester. WDFW encourages the local community as well as those who recreate on the wildlife area to attend.

The wildfire began Aug. 22 in a residential area near Rochester and scorched 345 acres of Scatter Creek. The fire destroyed several houses in the neighborhood and prompted the temporary evacuation of nearly 100 other residences. In the wildlife area, a historic homestead built in 1860 and a barn were also destroyed.

Owned and managed by WDFW, the Scatter Creek Wildlife Area provides a sanctuary for several threatened and endangered wildlife species, including the Mazama pocket gopher and Taylor's checkerspot and mardon skipper butterflies. It is also a popular destination for hiking, bird watching, dog training, and upland bird hunting in the south Puget Sound area. 

"Many people have expressed interest in learning more about how we plan to restore the native prairie land that was burned by the wildfire," said Darric Lowery, wildlife area manager. "This is an opportunity for the public to give input and find out how the agency manages for wildfire on its lands."

Representatives from the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which helped fight the fire, will also attend the meeting and discuss fire prevention methods.

Next year, the department will begin the process of revising the management plan for its lands in south Puget Sound, including those at Scatter Creek. WDFW is recruiting advisory committee members to participate in this process. Anyone interested in serving as a committee member should contact Darric Lowery,, by Dec. 31 for more information.

Scatter Creek is one of 33 state wildlife areas managed by WDFW to provide habitat for fish and wildlife as well as land for outdoor recreation.