ENTIAT, WA.-You might have seen some firefighters conducting a controlled burn in the Entiat area Saturday afternoon. They were getting ready for the upcoming wildfire season with a drill at the Columbia Breaks Wildfire Interpretive Center.
It was part of a day-long event that also involved training for new recruits. The training included practicing deploying emergency shelters that are used in the event crews become trapped in a fire storm. Saturday’s event was hosted by the Central Washington Wildfire Cooperators group which is comprised of multiple local, State and Federal agencies.
They met at the Entiat Fire Station for a morning planning session. The purpose of the meeting was to strengthen partnerships and collaboration between DNR, USFS, Chelan and Douglas County rural fire districts. Nolen Brewer with DNR says it started after the 2015 fire season.
Entiat Fire Chief Mike Asher also commented on how the various fire agencies have developed better and more effective partnerships over the course of his 30 year career. [
Chief Asher says he’s also grateful for the greater role the US Forest Service has played in helping to educate property owners about firewise planning and making homes and communities more resistant to catastrophic wildfires.