Monday, February 22, 2016

A Big Win for Prescribed Fire in Washington State

Wolverine Fire in Washington, 2015. Photo: Kari Greer, USFS
With back to back fire seasons in Washington State, its legislature is working to increase the amount of prescribed fires allowed there.  The state House of Representatives has passed a bill calling for the Department of Natural Resources to issue permits for forest resiliency burning (aka prescribed fire) to help avoid more catastrophic fires in the future.  Washington has a history of very little prescribed fire. The bill passed in a 97-0 vote. Read more here.
These are the types of efforts that the Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy promotes to help local agencies and landowners manage risks.  

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