Good Fire Planned on over 10,000 Acres across Eastern Cascades

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.”

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:

News Release in Spanish

 

Spring 2018 Priority Prescribed Fire by Ranger District

Chelan Ranger District

Project Name

Acres

Location

Grouse Mountain

440

18 miles NW of Chelan, WA

Forest Mountain

300

11 miles W of Chelan, WA

Bear Mountain

124

6 miles W of Chelan, WA

 

Cle Elum Ranger District

Project Name

Acres

Location

Liberty

210

17 miles NE of Cle Elum, WA

Orion

345

16 miles NE of Cle Elum, WA

Teanaway

300

14 miles N of Cle Elum, WA

 

Entiat Ranger District

Project Name

Acres

Location

Lower Tyee

910

3-7 miles NW of Ardenvoir, WA

Dill Creek

415

15 miles NW of Entiat, WA

Forest Johnson

100

10 miles NW of Entiat, WA

Bisping

100

6 miles NW of Entiat, WA

 

Methow Valley Ranger District

Project Name

Acres

Location

Goat

884

2 miles SE of Mazama, WA

Urchin

132

6 miles N of Winthrop, WA

Eightmile Bottom

479

10 miles N of Winthrop, WA

Upper Rendezvous

683

10 miles NW of Winthrop, WA

Ortell

1066

11 miles N of Winthrop, WA

 

Naches Ranger District

Project Name

Acres

Location

Angel

100

30 miles W of Yakima, WA near SR 410

Dry Ridge

300

30 miles W of Yakima, WA near Nile Valley

Canteen

1000

30 miles W of Yakima, WA near Mt. Clemans

 

Tonasket Ranger District

Project Name

Acres

Location

Frosty

400

22 miles E of Tonasket, WA

Bailey

100

20 miles SE of Tonasket, WA

Mutton

40

6 miles NW of Conconully, WA

 

Wenatchee River Ranger District

Project Name

Acres

Location

Fishpole/Natapoc

180

1 mile SW of Fish Lake, WA

Mission/Upper Peshastin

1453

5 miles W of Wenatchee, WA

Chumstick

400

6 miles NNE of Leavenworth, WA

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

 

Prescribed fire burning in forest

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

 

News Release in Spanish


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