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Naches Ranger District Prepares for Fire Season

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YAKIMA, Wash.--Once a fire gets going, crews said there are only so many ways you can attack it. The Naches Ranger District isn't taking any chances, and they carried out their first Underburn of the season. 

Firefighters said they'll burn about 50 acres, but that will eventually turn into 6,000 acres throughout the season.

"During the fire season we have an area that's already been burned, it provides safety for firefighters," said Michelle King, a Public Information Officer for the Naches Ranger District. "It provides a nice black line and often stops fires."

King said Underburns have proven to be very successful. Like the "Kaboom Underburn," which stopped one of last year's many raging wildfires.

"It was around a 7,000 acre burn I think," said King. "Just last year, the Wild Rose Fire burned into it so it was a perfect example of as soon as that wildfire burned into our Underburn area, slowed down and just basically went to a stop."

Firefighters said it's still too early to definitively say if this wildfire season will be devastating, but crews said it's been a very dry year and they're prepared for the worst.

"Everybody is prepared, well prepared for the fire season," said Murray Gordon, the President of Washington Fire Chiefs. "Departments all over the state have checked their equipment, looked at their resource list."

In terms of resources, The Naches Ranger District said they've actually been able to add more people to their hand crews. However, they said the real value comes from the experiences and knowledge they gained from last year's fire season.

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