Last year’s fires create busy season for mushroom hunters

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Chelan County Emergency Management officials are reminding mushroom hunters headed into areas burned by the Cougar Creek Fire to be vigilant about keeping up to date on weather forecasts and having a pre-planned escape route in the event of seasonal rain showers.

The Cougar Creek Fire was one of the largest wildfires in the state last year, burning more than 42,700 acres in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The Entiat Ranger District is preparing for a busy mushroom season due to that fire and the hundreds of people it may attract.

Emergency Management officials also remind mushroom hunters to watch for hazards in burned areas. Snags and damaged trees, blackened killed trees or green trees burned through at the bottom can fall at any time or they can block trails or roads, including your exit if you should need to leave quickly during a rainstorm.