By Kevin Smith, US Forest Service
We are getting ready to begin prescribed burning tomorrow up in the Camas Creek area up along Hwy 97. Within a couple of weeks I\’d expect us to begin burning approximately 300 acres on Natapoc in the Dead Nat timber sale area, weather permitting. The Press Release is included below.
U.S. FOREST SERVICE FIRE UPDATE
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
215 Melody Lane, Wenatchee, WA 98801
For immediate release: March 29, 2013
Contacts: Cary Stock, Assistant Fire Management Officer-Fuels 509-548-2565
Susan Peterson, Public Affairs Specialist 509-548-2558
Wenatchee River Ranger District Spring Prescribed Fire Season
Leavenworth, Wash.\’”Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest fire specialists are prepared for the spring prescribed fire season on the Wenatchee River Ranger District as early as mid-April, and continuing as long as conditions allow.
A projected 465 acres are planned for treatment in the areas of Beaver Valley and the lower Blewett corridor.
Prescribed burn areas maintain and restore vegetation and fuel conditions so if a wildfire should occur in the future, the size, severity and effects can be more manageable. The objectives of these treatments are to improve protection to local communities as well as enhance forest health and wildlife habitat.
Prescribed fires are part of the comprehensive Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Restoration Strategy. Forest Service managers began implementing the strategy in 1999 to reduce the threat of uncharacteristically severe wildfires and to return resiliency to unhealthy forest ecosystems.
All Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. prescribed burns are weather-dependent and fire specialists will cease burning as soon as possible if objectives are not being met or weather conditions are unfavorable. Their primary concerns include favorable winds that can minimize smoke impacts to public health and the risk of fire escape.
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources regulates smoke management and must approve all controlled burns on national forests within the state. Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. fire specialists closely coordinate with the state\’s air quality managers.