Prescribed burn

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife photo.

Just as fire season will be winding down, the state plans an October prescribed burn in Chelan County.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said, if conditions allow, they’ll be burning about 500 acres in the Colockum Wildlife Area about 20 miles southeast of Wenatchee.

“Prescribed fires are a forest management practice WDFW and other agencies use on wildlife areas and other public lands to reduce the risk of future wildfires, reduce the severity of wildfires when they do happen, and improve habitat for wildlife,” WDFW said today.

The date of the burn depends on optimal conditions.

WDFW said there could be more fall prescribed burns is conditions allow.

For now, the Colockum and the Oak Creek Wildlife Area near Naches are the only scheduled burns.