Forest Service has aggressive forest burning plan for fall

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The relatively smoke-free summer we’ve enjoyed may change a bit this fall.

U.S. Forest Service crews will conduct numerous prescribed burns in the region, amounting to more than 11,000 acres.

That stretches from the Canadian border to Yakima County.

The summer of 2019 has been a good one for smoke conditions in the Wenatchee Valley. That’s due, of course, to fewer wildfires in North Central Washington.

Fire experts say much of the credit for that goes to prescribed burns, where undergrowth and dead trees are removed before becoming fuel for summer fire seasons.

Conditions need to be right for prescribed burns, so some of the burns may not be accomplished by winter.

The areas of the burns include Chelan, Okanogan, Kittitas and Yakima counties.

Residents and visitors can expect to see and smell some smoke each day during burning operations.

Forest Fire Management Officer Rob Allen says “Every acre we burn now is one less acre burning under high-intensity, unsafe, dense smoke conditions in future summers.”

Maps are available on the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest Website.