Prescribed Burning Starts on Eastside Forest Lands

Burning to occur along the east slope of the Cascades.

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Wenatchee, WA — Starting in April, fire managers from Naches to the Okanogan Highlands will be returning fire to dry, fire adapted landscapes along the east slope of the Cascades. Excluded from the ecosystem for nearly 100 years, frequent, low-intensity fire is essential for healthy forests and better protected communities.

“Summer after summer megafires teach us that there is no future in eastern Washington without fire and smoke,” said Forest Fire Staff Officer, Rob Allen. “Prescribed fire is a large part of the solution for how we need to live with fire in our forests and communities.”

While more than 10,000 acres are planned this spring, fewer acres may be completed if conditions are not favorable. Conditions include correct temperature, wind, fuel moisture and ventilation for smoke. When these criteria are met, firefighters implement, monitor, and patrol each burn to ensure it meets forest health and public safety goals including air quality.

“Clean air is important to everyone,” added Allen. “Each spring and fall burn helps reduce the intensity of future wildfire smoke while increasing firefighter and public safety.”

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

Real-time prescribed fire information, maps, and updates:
• Facebook: facebook.com/OkaWenNF/
• Twitter: twitter.com/OkaWenNF
• Text message updates: text ‘follow OkaWenNF’ to 40404
• Interactive map: tinyurl.com/harqnw8

Spring 2018 priority prescribed fire by Ranger District:

Chelan Ranger District:
Grouse Mountain 440ac 18 miles NW of Chelan, WA
Forest Mountain 300ac 11 miles W of Chelan, WA
Bear Mountain 124ac 6 miles W of Chelan, WA

Cle Elem Ranger District:
Liberty 210ac 17 miles NE of Cle Elum, WA
Orion 345ac 16 miles NE of Cle Elum, WA
Teanaway 300ac 14 miles N of Cle Elum, WA

Entiat Ranger District:
Lower Tyee 910ac 3-7 miles NW of Ardenvoir, WA
Dill Creek 415ac 15 miles NW of Entiat, WA
Forest Johnson 100ac 10 miles NW of Entiat, WA
Bisping 100ac 6 miles NW of Entiat, WA

Methow Valley Ranger District:
Goat 884ac 2 miles SE of Mazama, WA
Urchin 132ac 6 miles N of Winthrop, WA
Eightmile Bottom 479ac 10 miles N of Winthrop, WA
Upper Rendezvous 683ac 10 miles NW of Winthrop, WA
Ortell 1066ac 11 miles N of Winthrop, WA

Naches Ranger District:
Angel 100ac 30 miles W of Yakima, WA near SR 410
Dry Ridge 300ac 30 miles W of Yakima, WA near Nile Valley
Canteen 1000ac 30 miles W of Yakima, WA near Mt. Clemans

Tonasket Ranger District:
Frosty 400ac 22 miles E of Tonasket, WA
Bailey 100ac 20 miles SE of Tonasket, WA
Mutton 40ac 6 miles NW of Conconully, WA

Wenatchee River Ranger District:
Fishpole/Natapoc 180ac 1 mile SW of Fish Lake, WA
Mission/Upper Peshastin 1453ac 5 miles W of Wenatchee, WA
Chumstick 400ac 6 miles NNE of Leavenworth, WA

*Additional prescribed fire acres and pile burns may be conducted if favorable conditions allow.

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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.