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Controlled Burn in Naches

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NACHES, Wash. - The Naches Ranger District is planning to start a series of controlled burns, pending weather conditions and approval from the Department of Natural Resources.

The Rangers will start by burning 300 acres in the Kaboom unit, which is north of Highway 12 and below Bethel Ridge. They plan to burn about 4500 acres this fall in an attempt to prevent wildfires. The controlled burn is also supposed to provide new grasses and shrubs for wildlife, as well as nutrients for trees.

According to the Naches Fire Rangers, smoke is the biggest consequence of any controlled burn. However, back in May, crews successfully burned over 3000 acres and managed to meet air pollution standards.

"We will use what we learned from that experience to manage the smoke from this fall's burning to avoid affecting populated areas," said Naches District Ranger Randy Shepard.