[4/5/21] Small Planned Slash Burn – Winthrop
Date(s) - 04/05/2021 - 04/09/2021
Methow Valley School District Campus
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Methow Valley School District, assisted by a Washington Department of Natural Resources crew, will burn 20 pine slash piles on the school district’s campus during Spring Break, between April 5th and 9th, as the final step to reduce the risk of wildfire spread on the forested parts of the campus.
The slash piles are on two steep slopes that prohibited chipper access or crews being able to safely move the piles. Since pine slash can attract and support spread of pine bark beetles in the area, it must be removed before summer heat. Hand piling and implementing a permitted burn is the safe, effective, and logistically feasible slash disposal method.
As with all prescribed burns, this small burn will comply with strict regulations, and the crew will burn during optimum weather to minimize smoke in the community. However, small amounts of passing smoke are inevitable and may be observed at times between April 5th & 9th. MVSD and partners DNR and Fire Adapted Methow Valley recognize this smoke can impact sensitive individuals and want people to have ample time before the pile burn to learn ways they can prepare and protect themselves from adverse smoke impacts.
Helpful “smoke-ready” resources and information can be found online at “EPA Smoke Ready” and on our community’s local “Clean Air Methow” website.
Our best defense against harmful smoke from wildfires and prescribed burns is to be both smoke-ready and wildfire-prepared.