Good Fire Planned on over 11,000 Acres across Forest

Release Date: Aug 22, 2019

Central Washington — 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: wasmoke.blogspot.com

Real-time prescribed fire maps and updates:

Fall 2019 priority burn areas

Okanogan County:

  • Bailey — 2,688ac; 20 miles SE of Tonasket, WA
  • Frosty — 141ac; 22 miles E of Tonasket, WA
  • Crawfish — 250ac; 20 miles SE of Tonasket, WA
  • Mutton — 1,705ac; 6 miles NW of Conconully, WA
  • Lucky — 56ac; 6 miles NW of Winthrop, WA
  • Upper Rendezvous — 210ac; 8 miles NW of Winthrop, WA
  • Lost Driveway — 611ac; 6 miles W of Mazama, WA

Chelan County:

  • 25 Mile Creek —  245ac; 18 miles NW of Chelan, WA
  • Forest Mountain — 86ac;11 miles W of Chelan, WA
  • First Creek/Bear Mountain Piles — 591ac; 5-18 miles W of Chelan, WA
  • Forest Johnson — 1,254ac; 3 miles NE of Ardenvoir, WA
  • Switchback Canyon — 110ac; 3 miles N of Ardenvoir, WA
  • Dill Creek — 34ac; 9 miles N of Ardenvoir, WA
  • Crum — 83ac; 3 miles NW of Entiat, WA
  • Moe/Roaring Ridge — 128ac; 1 mile SW of Ardenvoir, WA
  • Fishpole/Natapoc — 550ac; 1 mile SW of Fish Lake, WA
  • Upper Peshastin — 650ac; Summit of Blewett Pass, HWY 97 
  • Mission — 900ac; 4 miles W of Wenatchee, WA

Kittitas County:

  • Liberty — 100ac; 17 miles NE of Cle Elum, WA 
  • Orion — 300ac; 15 miles NE of Cle Elum, WA 
  • Teanaway — 300ac; 13 miles N of Cle Elum, WA

Yakima County:

  • Dry Ridge — 200ac; 30 miles W of Yakima, WA near SR410
  • Canteen — 600ac; 30 miles W of Yakima, WA near Mt. Clemans 

Additional prescribed fires and pile burns may be conducted if favorable conditions allow.

Boletín Informativo en Espanol

Prescribed fire burning in forest

Prescribed fire helps restore the forest and remove unhealthy woody fuel build-up near Naches, WA in 2016 on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Credit: USDA Forest Service photo by Jason Emhoff

 


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