Eastern Washington’s dry forests have evolved with and depend on regular, low-intensity fire to thrive.

To protect communities and timber resources, we have been aggressively suppressing wildfire for over 100 years, and today, large portions of our forests are unnaturally dense with high levels of forest fuels, and less able to resist insects, disease and severe fire. When wildfire does occur — as it always has, and always will — these unhealthy forest conditions increase the likelihood of megafires that can’t be effectively contained from ground or air. We’ve seen the devastating effects on our communities.

Prescribed burning, or controlled burning, is a time-tested and effective tool that maximizes the benefits that low-intensity fire can provide within a variety of landscapes. Professional fire managers safely administer the right fire, in the right place, at the right time, and work closely with air quality officials to minimize smoke near people. Combined with strategic timber management and thinning, controlled burning can make forests and neighboring communities more resilient to wildfire, and help protect clean water, wildlife habitat, and forest products for generations to come.

It's time to put fire to work.


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Burning Together, Learning Together

Cascadia Prescribed Fire Training Exchange

How do you learn to burn? You do it with others from across the state, region, country, and beyond who bring their expertise and knowledge for two-weeks of dedicated learning. At prescribed fire training exchanges (TREX), we learn how to safely and effectively implement prescribed fire through hands-on training burning with experts who have the knowledge and experience to do it right, through classroom and field workshops where we learn how to do all the other parts of prescribed fire, including planning for the burn, and through presentations from local partners who build the picture of fire in our place. When we burn, we want to do it right.

The 2018 Cascadia Prescribed Fire Training Exchange is being hosted in Cle Elum, WA from September 23rd to October 5th. Through this training, participants work on restoring fire adapted ecosystems, reducing wildfire risks to communities, and increasing their expertise and training with fire.

Training participants are from the Washington Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Roslyn Fire Department, Kittitas County Fire District 1, National Park Service, and British Columbia Wildfire Service.

This training is hosted by the Washington Prescribed Fire Council, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington Department of Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Fire Learning Network, and supported by numerous other partners from across the region.

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Forest Service Information:

2017 Cascadia TREX

The 2017 Cascadia TREX was hosted in Leavenworth and Plain, WA for two weeks. We were joined by training participants from 8 different agencies across 3 states. Together they implemented 420 acres of prescribed fire on US Forest Service, National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, and private lands.

Last year’s training was hosted by the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition, Washington Prescribed Fire Council, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, The Nature Conservancy, and Fire Learning Network

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Fire at work across Washington.

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Forest Resiliency Burning Pilot

In the Spring of 2016, the Washington State Legislature passed House Bill 2928, the Forest Resiliency Burning Pilot project. This Pilot brought stakeholders together from across Washington to examine the role of prescribed burning in creating healthier, more resilient forests. Stakeholders discussed how to improve prescribed fire to work for all of us.

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Cooperative Burning

We don't always have the money or resources to get work done on our own, so we rely on our partners and our partners rely on us. Cooperative burning is one way we can get more work down on the ground. See how the Mt. Adam's Resource Stewards has worked with partners across the state to manage their community forest.


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Washington Burn Bans

Fire is a tool for all of us. Keep up to date on the latest news on where and when you can burn. Remember, even if you can't burn, fire professionals with the right resources, right people, and right expertise may still be able to burn. Always check before lighting the match.

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Forest Service Fire Activity Map

The Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest is your home, your playground, your vacation, your solitude, your challenge, your job, and your family reunion. See where the Forest Service is working to protect our communities and forests through planned, prescribed fires.

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Washington Smoke Information

Fire is a natural part of our forests, and that means smoke too. Monitor smoke and air quality near you and learn how to protect yourself from smoke.

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How You Can Help

We all need to take care of our land. That's why federal, state, local, and tribal agencies, and private landowners are using prescribed fire where it makes sense, restoring forests and returning good fire to the landscape. We all can help by taking care of our homes and lands to be more resistant to fire. There are several steps you can take to help.

Learn how prescribed fire benefits our forests, communities, and wildlife.

Help protect firefighters by making your home and property fire adapted.