Prescribed Fire Training in Central Washington Gives Firefighters Skills to Improve Forest Health, Increase Community Protection

  • Source: Department of Natural Resources
  • Published: 04/16/2019 11:21 AM

Wildland fire professionals from across the Pacific Northwest will be in Central Washington April 28 to May 10 to learn how to use an important tool for reducing wildfire risk on our landscapes: prescribed burning. Sponsored by the Fire Learning Network and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the 2019 Spring Cascadia Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) brings participants into a collaborative environment designed to increase shared stewardship and learning across agencies. Participants are paired with certified trainers during the prescribed burns, allowing them to practice using fire to restore forests and create safer conditions for communities. "During a prescribed burn, fire professionals use low-intensity fires to reduce vegetation that could otherwise fuel an uncharacteristically severe wildfire, including dense shrubs and saplings," said Lieutenant Eric Kiehn of Kittitas County Fire District 1.


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