This week, locals and visitors can expect to see and smell some smoke in Yakima County.
According to the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, fire officials plan to start fires in the Naches area.
Firefighters are doing what is called prescribed burning.
“These prescribed fire projects reduce the amount of burnable fuels in the forest and help lower the risk of future high-intensity wildfires and related dense smoke,” said Forest Fire Management Officer Rob Allen.
It, also, helps restore watersheds and better protect nearby communities. Ideal conditions include correct temperature, wind, fuel moisture, and ventilation for the smoke.
When these criteria are met, firefighters implement, monitor, and patrol each burn to ensure it meets forest health and public safety goals including air quality.