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Prescribed Burns 9/20/2011
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest fire specialists will start burning operations beginning today if weather and fuel conditions are conducive.

In the Leavenworth Ranger District between now and the end of October, controlled burns will occur in the greater Lake Wenatchee area and the lower section of Blewett Pass Highway 97 near Leavenworth. The plan is to ignite about 600 acres n the Loop Hill and lower Blewett Pass areas and 100 acres in Natapoc Ridge near Lake Wenatchee.

Methow Valley Ranger District has a number of units scheduled for the prescribed burn this fall, and Meg Tribaun, Assistant Fire Management Officer with the Methow Valley Ranger District tells us about those areas. "CLICK HERE" for Audio

That was Meg Tribaun, Assistant Fire Management Officer with the Methow Valley Ranger District. Tribaun says that there are three small units that are scheduled for burns this week. Two of the units are in the Eightmile Creek drainage 13 miles northwest of Winthrop while the third unit is in the Fawn Creek drainage near the seed orchard 8 miles northwest of Winthrop.

Residents will see an increase in fire management traffic and motorists are asked to use caution while driving through these areas when fire personnel are present.

Tribaun explains why these burns are important and what precautions are taken before any units will be burned.

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Anyone who wants more information or would like to be added to the emailed updates on these prescribed burns can call 509-996-4032 or for 24-hour burn hotline call 509-996-4040.