Olympic National Forest Plans Prescribed Fires

Prescribed fires will begin at various locations throughout Olympic National Forest as soon as weather conditions are favorable. Prescribed fires are ignited when environmental factors such as fuel moisture levels, wind, temperature, and relative humidity are within a very specific window.

Prescribed fires are designed to meet specific resource objectives and are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring ecosystems and reducing logging slash. These fires will be used to reduce piled slash associated with timber harvest activities.

They will be managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

Thorough planning is used to minimize smoke impacts. However, it is impossible to predict weather patterns and smoke behavior with complete accuracy. Smoke impacts may be possible in adjacent areas while the burns are in progress. Smoke impacts may also occur at night and in the early morning hours, since smoke settles when the air temperature cools and lifts during daylight hours. No area closures are anticipated at this time.

All of the prescribed fires listed below are pile burns designed to reduce forest fuels.

This will be accomplished over the course of the next 4-6 weeks, crews will be in the area and smoke may be seen throughout this timeframe. For additional information about these prescribed fires, please contact Jimmy Flanagan, Assistant Fire Management Officer (Fuels Planner) at 360-288-0238.

Clallam County

Hywah – T28N R11W S8-10, T28N R12W S4-6 2900 Road

KOCC – T30N R11W S9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16-30 Road