All Areas within Lake Meredith National Recreation Area Open Following Wildfire

Published 05/14 2014 04:10PM

Updated 05/14 2014 04:25PM

Image from Hector Flores via
Image from Hector Flores via
By Karl Wehmhoener

FRITCH, TX -- All areas of Lake Meredith National Recreation Area now open following the Double Diamond Fire.

The 2,583 acre fire started near Fritch, Texas and burned through the east side of the park on May 11, 2014. Approximately 1,474 acres or 2.3 square miles burned within the park boundary. Some areas remain temporarily inaccessible by vehicle due to road closures outside the National Recreation Area. “Our partner agencies worked together seamlessly to provide safe and effective suppression efforts,” said Lake Meredith National Recreation Area and Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument Superintendent Robert Maguire.

Superintendent Maguire said, “Our hearts go out to those affected by the Double Diamond Fire. We know there will be a long healing process for those affected by the fire. “

“The park did not escape impacts from the fire,” said Superintendent Maguire. He added, “No structures were damaged, however visitors will see areas where the fire swept through and stripped the land of vegetation. Due to the ongoing drought we do not expect to see recovery to vegetation until significant rains occur.”

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