Forest Service to begin prescribed burning

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Prescribed fire helps restore the forest and remove unhealthy woody fuel build-up near Naches, WA in 2016. Credit: USFS/ Jason Emhoff

Over the next several weeks, communities along the east slopes of the Cascades may see a different type of smoke column rising above the tree tops; a column that heralds the return of prescribed fire to the land. Over 8,000 acres of US Forest Service managed lands will be targeted this fall.

Prescribed burning is used to limit the size and intensity of future forest fires.

Residents and visitors can expect to see and smell some smoke each day during burning operations. For more information on smoke and public health, LOG ON TO  wasmoke.blogspot.com.