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.

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Steve Hair
Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.