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Naches Rangers Station Prepares for Controlled Burning

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NACHES, Wash-- The Naches Ranger Station is preparing for another fire season. Wednesday a crew had permission to burn up to 100 acres. 

They cleared fire lines to prep for controlled burning. Eastern Washington's dry, hot climate is prime for wildfires. Some are caused by people, but lightening is also a problem. Clearing the underbrush helps prevent large forest fires.

"What we're try to promote are those more mature trees that are more fire resistant," said Gary Jennings, district chief, Naches Ranger Station.

Wednesday's wind conditions caused the crew to push back the burn time. They want a controlled fire so they make sure conditions are just right. These burns not only protect the forest, Jennings said it's good practice for fire crews.