Good fire planned on over 11,000 acres across Forest

Prescribed fire helps restore the forest and remove unhealthy woody fuel build-up near N acreshes, WA in 2016 on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

OKANOGAN/CHELAN COUNTIES - From the Canadian border to south of Yakima, firefighters in Central Washington are planning to burn thousands of acres this fall to increase forest health and protect nearby communities. Excluded from the ecosystem for nearly 100 years, frequent, low-intensity fire is essential for restoring public lands and the communities who depend on them.
“This is a fire forest plain and simple. We should no sooner starve a rainforest of its rain than a fire forest of its fire,” said Forest Fire Management Officer, Rob Allen. “Be to better protected and prepared for when wildfires visit, our communities nestled in this fire forest need frequent, lower intensity fire on nearby public lands.”
While over 11,000 acres are planned this fall, 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.
“While this summer was relatively quiet, there will always be fire and smoke here,” added Allen. “Every acre we burn now is one less acre burning under high-intensity, unsafe, dense smoke conditions in future summers.”
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:
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Fall 2019 priority \burn areas:
Okanogan County:
• Bailey 2,688 acres; 20 miles SE of Tonasket
• Frosty 141 acres; 22 miles E of Tonasket
• Crawfish 250 acres; 20 miles SE of Tonasket
• Mutton 1,705 acres; 6 miles NW of Conconully
• Lucky 56 acres; 6 miles NW of Winthrop
• Upper Rendezvous 210 acres; 8 miles NW of Winthrop, WA
• Lost Driveway 611 acres; 6 miles W of Mazama
Chelan County:
• 25 Mile Creek 245 acres; 18 miles NW of Chelan
• Forest Mountain 86 acres;11 miles W of Chelan,
• First Creek/Bear Mountain Piles 591 acres; 5-18 miles W of Chelan
• Forest Johnson 1,254 acres; 3 miles NE of Ardenvoir
• Switchb acresk Canyon 110 acres; 3 miles N of Ardenvoir
• Dill Creek 34 acres; 9 miles N of Ardenvoir
• Crum 83 acres; 3 miles NW of Entiat
• Moe/Roaring Ridge 128 acres; 1 mile SW of Ardenvoir
• Fishpole/Natapoc 550 acres; 1 mile SW of Fish Lake, WA
• Upper Peshastin 650 acres; Summit of Blewett Pass, HWY 97
• Mission 900 acres; 4 miles W of Wenatchee

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