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Bill for Bateman fire rising fast (City of Richland)
Bill for Bateman fire rising fast (City of Richland)
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Bateman Island Fire Bill Approaching $100K

Because the island is within the Richland city limits, the bill for the biggest fire on the island in nearly 20 years will be paid by the city.

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richland fire dept
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Hot Fireman Gives Update on Bateman Island Fire!!

People are wondering what's up with Bateman Island after the big fire the other night? Well It's closed to the public and there may still be hot spots! Watch Captain Hardgrove give a live update...I had a hard time paying attention...LOL

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See Aerial View of Bateman Island Damage, Latest Updates

 

We expected this, the City of Richland announced Monday afternoon Bateman Island will be closed indefinitely, due to fire and habitat damage. It will likely be months before mainstream hiking, recreating and bird and wildlife watching traffic is allowed.

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Bateman Island fire started by people, island closed indefinitely (Travis Brett-Newstalk870)
Bateman Island fire started by people, island closed indefinitely (Travis Brett-Newstalk870)
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Bateman Island Fire Likely Started By People, Will Be Closed Indefinitely

The last time Bateman Island burned, the area was largely closed to the public for nearly two more years. That was in 2001. Now, even beyond firefighting efforts, it's likely the same will happen.

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Bateman Island Fire (Travis Brett)
Bateman Island Fire (Travis Brett)
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Bateman Island Fire Should Kill Idea of Removing Causeway For Fish

With the fire still burning on Bateman Island near the Richland Y and shrouding the area in smoke, this fire should reinforce the idea that removing the island's only entry and exit is a bad idea.

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Bateman Island causeway removal discussed again (KNDU-TV)
Bateman Island causeway removal discussed again (KNDU-TV)
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State Officials Think Bateman Island Causeway Removal Would Be “Cool”

Others, not so much. After a flurry of discussion earlier this year, the subject of removing the causeway, or land path that joins Bateman Island to the shoreline is again on the table.

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Fish and Wildlife plan would remove the narrow causeway or path that joins island to shore (KNDU-TV)
Fish and Wildlife plan would remove the narrow causeway or path that joins island to shore (KNDU-TV)
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State Wants to Cut Off Your Access to Bateman Island in Favor of Fish

Technically Bateman Island isn't really a true island, it's joined to the shore of the Columbia River, just south of the merger between the Yakima and Columbia Rivers. There's a narrow causeway, or path, that allows people to access the area. But a plan to breach the causeway to help fish might change that.

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