Controlled burns scheduled for this fall

STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. --- This fall, firefighters are scheduled to do three controlled burns in the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.

The goal of the prescribed fires is to decrease the amount of wildfire fuel around campgrounds and structures. This would help limit fuel wildfires could burn and make fires more manageable to handle.

The prescribed fires in Stevens County include:

·        Haag Cove, 21 acres, near Haag Cove Campground

·        Fort Spokane, 21 acres, near Fort Spokane Campground

·        Rickey, 30 acres, near Rickey Point

According to the National Park Services, firefighter and public safety are high priorities in all fire management activities.

Fires will be ignited at the above locations and monitored until they are fully extinguished.

Residual smoke from the prescribed fires may continue for up to two weeks from the start of the burn.

The National Park Service officials said in a release that controlled burns help decrease the risk and intensity of uncontrolled wildfires, increase nutrients for trees and the vegetation in the forest and increased plant diversity. 

More information about the prescribed fires can be found here.



(© 2016 KREM)


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