Prescribed burning survey

 Prescribed fire is one of the many tools that land managers use to improve forest health.  Fuel loads in some forest stands of Eastern Washington may be too high to safely use prescribed burning as the first and only treatment option. If this is the case, the Wenatchee River Ranger District uses mechanical treatment of forest stands – piling brush, pruning lower branches of trees, or creating fuel breaks to meet the forest health and hazardous fuel reduction objectives of long-term forest landscape plans.  In combination with these practices, over the lat 4-6 weeks the Wenatchee River Ranger District has successfully completed burning on:

  • 180 acres of hand piles across the District
  • 518 acres of machine piles, mostly in the Natapoc and Chumstick/Canyons planning areas
  • 607 acres of prescribed burning (underburn’s) within the Chumstick (71 acres) and Lake Wenatchee (536 acres) planning area
As the Fall 2016 prescribed burn season comes to a close, Cascadia Conservation District and the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition are continuing our efforts to collect information about the community’s response and acceptance of prescribed fire as a tool to manage our forests.  Over the next two months we will be working closely with our partners to track outcomes and make recommendations for potential updates to DNR’s Smoke Management Plan and would appreciate your input. Please go to   to complete this survey.