Prescribed Burning Planned for Olympic National Forest

Olympia, WA – September 5, 2019.  Prescribed burning of woody debris is planned for several locations on the Olympic National Forest as soon as weather conditions are favorable.  Prescribed fires are ignited when environmental factors such as fuel moisture levels, wind, temperature, and relative humidity are within a very specific window. 

The operations will be managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

Thorough planning is used to minimize smoke impacts; however, it is impossible to predict weather patterns and smoke behavior.  Smoke may be visible nearby while the burns are in progress.   Smoke may linger into the night and in the early morning hours, since smoke settles when the air temperature cools and lifts as daytime temperatures warm. No area closures are anticipated at this time.

The prescribed burns listed below are designed to reduce forest fuels. Beginning around September 9th, and carrying through the next 4-6 weeks, crews will be in the area and smoke may be seen throughout this timeframe. For additional information about these prescribed fires, please contact Jimmy Flanagan, Interagency Assistant Fire Management Officer - Fuels at 360-288-0238.

Prescribed Fire                      Legal Description                               General Location

Clallam County

KOCC                                     T30N R11W S9,10,11,12,14,16               30 Road

Grays Harbor County

Cougar                                  T21N R8W   S8, 9, 18                                    2210 Road

The End                               T22N R9W   S8,17,18,20                               2258 Road         

Norwood Administrative Site - Upper Quinault Valley


The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.  For general information on the Olympic National Forest, visit