[4/14/17] Prescribed Burns Planned For Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Beginning in April, firefighters on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will once again bringing good fire back to the dry, fire-adapted Cascade landscape. Excluded from the ecosystem for nearly 100 years, frequent, low-intensity fire is essential for healthy forests and better protected communities.
While more than 9,000 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. Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest spokesperson Robin DeMario says 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.