Controlled burns planned in Washington

Fire Managers at the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area will take advantage of the cooler weather to start fall prescribed burns.

Pile burning will occur in the Catherine Creek and Burdoin Mountain area the morning of Nov. 7. Additional burning may resume again after the weekend.

Burns will occur in the Collins Slide and Catherine Creek area over the next few months, weather permitting. This is an ongoing effort to reduce the potential of catastrophic wildfires and improve forest health and reduce the smoke from potential wildfires.

Prescribed burns are a proactive tool used to help reduce the threat of wildfire, recycle nutrients that increase soil productivity, improve wildlife habitat and increase the resiliency of the treated stands to the effects of wildfire.

Smoke may be visible on Washington State Route 14 and Interstate 84 at times during the duration of the burns. Where necessary, motorists should reduce speeds and turn on headlights.

The actual days of ignition for this burn project will depend on several factors including appropriate temperature, fuel moisture, wind speed and duration.

For further information, contact Roland Rose, at 541 308-1723.

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