On October 16, if wind and weather conditions are favorable, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) may conduct a controlled burn at Camas Meadows Natural Area Preserve in Chelan County. The project may be moved to next week or later this fall if weather conditions do not allow for safe burning on October 16.
Fire has played an integral role in the development and maintenance of arid forests and meadows in the east Cascades. Fire promotes the growth of native plant species, removes encroaching shrubs and trees, and reduces fuel accumulations in these ecosystems. Planned burns at Camas Meadows are part of a larger restoration effort to restore native meadow habitat on the preserve. Controlled burns are a safe and cost-effective way to restore natural conditions. Burns are conducted when weather conditions allow for safe burning and the least impact of smoke on nearby residents.
Will firefighters be present during the burn?
Yes, DNR firefighters will be present during the burn. Firefighters will use fire engines and other fire suppression techniques to prevent the burn from spreading.
When and where will the prescribed burn take place?
Camas Meadows Natural Area Preserve is twelve miles southeast of Leavenworth, off Camas Creek Road, and protects the largest remaining populations of two rare plant species that occur only in the Wenatchee Mts. of central Washington.
DNR-managed natural areas — a significant statewide system of natural resources conservation areas and natural area preserves totaling more than 157,000 acres — protect native ecosystems and the plant and animal species that depend on them.
Do you have other questions or concerns about controlled burning? Contact David Wilderman, natural areas program ecologist for DNR’s Natural Areas Program, at (360) 902-1556.
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