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Contact: Tod Johnson, 360-873-4590 ext. 28
The National Park Service at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area plans to conduct pile burns in three locations during December. These will include 160 hand piles covering 15 acres at Porcupine Bay and Laughbon Landing, 30 piles south of Rickey Point and 25 piles at Marcus Bluff The piles are the result of past forest fuel reduction activities over the last four years that included removal of trees 6 inches or less in diameter. Ignition dates will occur in December unless weather conditions are not within prescription. Weather parameters to be met include temperature, relative humidity and wind speed. Sufficient moisture in surrounding fuels must also be present. If fuels are too wet or dry, the burn will be canceled until a later date when conditions are favorable. The goals for conducting pile burns are to (1) increase firefighter and public safety from higher intensity, higher severity fires, (2) increase forest health by reducing hazardous forest floor fuels, augment understory species diversity and wildlife habitat, (3) enhance the aesthetics of these areas and (4) provide for wildland urban interface protection to adjacent communities.