Fire managers at Olympic National Forest will ignite several small prescribed fires sometime within the next three weeks when weather conditions are favorable.Prescribed fires are designed to accomplish specific objectives and are a very effective tool for restoring forest health. They mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients, and increasing habitat diversity. They are managed with firefighter and public safety as a top priority.
The burns will occur at the Hood Canal Ranger District Office on Highway 101 in Quilcene, and at the Dennie Ahl seed orchard on the 2340 Road in Mason County. These specific fires are designed to reduce fuels that have accumulated from wind and storm damage and maintenance activities. Thorough planning is used to minimize smoke impacts but it is difficult to predict weather patterns and smoke behavior with complete accuracy. Smoke impacts may be possible in adjacent areas while the burns are in progress, particularly at night and in the early morning hours, but no closures are anticipated.
For additional information about these prescribed fires, please contact Micah Johnson, Zone Fire Management Officer, at 360-765-2221.