Bateman Island to reopen Wednesday following massive fire last summer
RICHLAND, Wash. - Bateman Island in Richland is set to re-open Wednesday after a massive fire last summer caused the nearly year-long closure.
The US Army Corps of Engineers authorized the reopening of the island for June 13, according to Richland Parks and Recreation.
Jason Janosky, Richland Park Ranger said crews wanted to make sure the island was safe for visitors prior to reopening. Crews worked to remove dangerous, overhanging limbs off the pathway and monitored some flooding.
The island was first closed to the public in July of 2017 after trees and several acres of land were scorched. The exact cause was not determined, but investigators believed the fire was human-caused.
Janosky says Bateman Island is not a place for camping or fires.