Stemilt Basin wildfire prevention plan could serve as State model

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Prescribed fire helps restore the forest and remove unhealthy woody fuel build-up near Naches, WA in 2016. Credit: USFS/ Jason Emhoff

WENATCHEE, WA.- Chelan County Commissioners are meeting with State Department of Natural Resources officials to discuss planned forest health projects in advance of the 2019 wildfire season.

Commissioners sat down with NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair for a preview of what will be discussed and how a forest thinning project in the Stemilt Basin could be used as a State model for catastrophic wildfire prevention. . .

Stemilt Basin wildfire prevention plan could serve as State model

Franz is seeking $55 million from Washington’s state legislature. Last month Franz unveiled her Wildland Fire Protection 10-Year Strategic Plan to help the state prepare for and manage increasing wildfire challenges.

In 2018, the state Department of Natural Resources responded to more than 1,850 wildfires, a record high. Across Washington, 440,000 acres burned.

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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.