Monday, March 17, 2014/lk
CHELAN Chelan Ranger District personnel are preparing for spring prescribed fire activities.
Prescribed fires are planned on a total of 1,185 acres this spring.
Burning operations are expected to start as soon as weather and fuel conditions permit, likely continuing for several weeks, officials said.
The following areas are planned for burning: Safety Harbor, Washington Creek, Forest Mountain, East Fork Joe Creek and Bergman Gulch.
According to forest officials, the burning helps reduce wildfire potential later in the year.
Additional benefits of prescribed burning include habitat restoration, maintenance of species diversity, stimulation of forage for Mule deer and Bighorn sheep and return of nutrients to the soil, officials said.
Prior to burning operations, fire managers will evaluate air quality. If conditions are right, managers will request permission to proceed from the state Department of Natural Resources in Olympia.
The majority of smoke from these burns is expected to dissipate to the north and east with some smoke settling in valleys at night.