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PostFri Aug 27, 2021 9:30 am 
Friday August 27, 2021 08:46 PDT

WDFW NEWS RELEASE

WDFW to use controlled burns on wildlife areas in Thurston County to restore prairie habitat


OLYMPIA – Starting as soon as Monday, Aug. 30, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will conduct controlled burns to restore prairie habitat on two wildlife area units in Thurston County.

The burns are weather dependent and scheduled for up to five days through mid-October at the Scatter Creek Wildlife Area Unit northeast of Rochester and the West Rocky Prairie Wildlife Area Unit northwest of Tenino. The areas targeted for burning are small, varying in size from one to 10 acres.

“Portions of the wildlife areas may be closed during the burns, and people may see smoke from the fires for one to two hours after the burns,” said Darric Lowery, the wildlife area manager. “We will be working to minimize smoke impacts to homes and the surrounding community.”

WDFW works cooperatively with Washington Department of Natural Resources, fire districts, and other partners, using professional fire crews experienced with successfully conducting controlled burns on public and private lands in the region.

Lowery said the Department uses prescribed fire to maintain native grassland habitats, also known as prairies, and control invasive weeds before seeding and planting native species.

Westside prairies are one of the rarest ecosystems in Washington, now reduced to less than 3% of their original area. They support a variety of rare plants and animals, including birds, mammals, and butterflies, some of which are listed as threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act.

-WDFW-

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PostFri Aug 27, 2021 10:04 am 
From: Ski
Sent: Friday, August 27, 2021 10:01 AM
To: darric.lowery@dfw.wa.gov
Cc: Kelly Susewind
Subject: WDFW proposed controlled burns at Scatter Creek and West Rocky Prairie Wildlife Areas

Mr. Darric Lowery, Wildlife Area Manager
Mr. Kelly Susewind, Director, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife

re: Controlled burns proposed at Scatter Creek and West Rocky Prairie Wildlife Areas

Mr. Lowery:

I fully support and encourage the continued controlled burning at all of the Scatter Creek units.
We have visited the West Rocky Prairie Wildlife Area several times over the last few years, and I have made note of the extensive use of fire on the unit to restore the original ecosystem. The only way to meet your management objectives is to continue, as was done historically in the pre-Columbian era, to assure that the prairie areas are kept open and invasive species of flora are kept at bay.

Anybody who has any questions about my statement above should take a look at my email to your own Staci Lehman (from last April) concerning a proposal to do some controlled burning over in eastern Washington:
http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?p=1208611#1208611
No reason for me to type all that out again – just scroll down a bit.
The “anti-burn” crowd is simply poorly informed where it concerns the historical management of the north American continent by its original inhabitants.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

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PostFri Sep 10, 2021 5:27 pm 
Friday September 10, 2021 17:06 PDT

WDFW NEWS RELEASE

WDFW-managed lands in Eastern Washington will reopen to overnight use Sep. 16 with BURN BAN STILL IN EFFECT


SPOKANE – In response to decreased fire risk and cooler temperatures, wildlife areas managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will reopen to overnight use starting Thursday, Sep. 16.

The only wildlife area in Eastern Washington that remains closed until further notice is the Oak Creek Wildlife Area Unit due to the active Schneider Springs Fire. Access to campgrounds in the Methow Unit of the Methow Wildlife Area will reopen on Friday, Sep. 17 when the U.S. Forest Service plans to reopen East and West Chewuch roads.

“We’re excited to reopen WDFW-managed lands in Eastern Washington to overnight use in advance of most hunting seasons,” said Cynthia Wilkerson, Lands Division Manager for WDFW. “This has been another bad fire year, and we have appreciated the public’s help protecting wildlife habitat and public safety. We are lifting restrictions on camping in many areas, but there is still a risk of wildfire, and we urge people to obey burn bans and take proper precautions.”

An emergency order issued in late June is still in effect and enforced on WDFW-managed lands east of the Cascades through the end of September.

The order prohibits:

- Fires or campfires, including those in fire rings. Personal camp stoves and lanterns fueled by propane, liquid petroleum, or liquid petroleum gas are allowed.

- Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle.

- The discharge of firearms for target-shooting or other purposes by anyone not engaged in lawful hunting.

- Welding and operating chainsaws, including the use of an acetylene torch or other open flame.

- Operating a motor vehicle away from developed roads. Parking is permitted within designated parking areas, including developed campgrounds and trailheads; and in areas without vegetation that are within 10 feet of roadways.

- Members of the public engaged in these high-risk activities will be ticketed as WDFW enforcement officers will be applying a zero-tolerance approach.

For more information on wildfire prevention and to plan your trip to a WDFW wildlife or water access area, visit WDFW's website.

For the latest information on fires in Washington, visit the Department of Natural Resources Fire Dashboard

-WDFW-

(* emphasis added *)

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