WDFW will be burning public lands to prevent wildfires

WDFW will be burning public lands to prevent wildfires
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be carrying out controlled burns on public lands to reduce wildlife risks and improve animal life.

These kinds of operations prevent further, larger wildfires from breaking out. This fall, they will begin treating just over 2,000 acres at wildlife areas – including ones at Yakima, Ferry, Pend Oreille, Chelan and Asotin Counties.

“By burning off accumulations of vegetation and logging debris, we can reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfires that destroy wildlife habitat,” said Matt Eberlein, WDFW Prescribed Fire Manager. “It’s not a question of whether we’ll have fires on these lands, but rather when, and the degree to which we can reduce the damage they do.”

WDFW will use funding from the state’s 2019-2021 Capital Budget and other grants, will the plan to treat 10,000 acres by 2021.