Editors Note: We have been wondering if the smoke was going to show up in the last few weeks, but so far we have been in good shape. This made us wonder what is going on throughout our state with fires and what is the plan for prescribed burns and current fire restrictions? We thought this update may be warranted for our readers as well. Hopefully while you finish off your summer having some fun outside and into autumn as well. Have we skirted by poor air quality for the summer and autumn? It looks so, but we never like to say for sure. For now, here is the latest information to get you up to speed.

Prescribed Burn Areas:

Okanogan-Wenatchee and Colville National Forest Prescribed Fire Activity

Areas planned to prescribe burn-

-Behind Twin Peaks near Horse Lake Mountain

-Tronsen Ridge

-Large section just west of Navarre Coulee

Current fires:

-Left Hand Fire, West of Yakima

-Devore Creek Fire, South West of Stehekin

Current Fire Restrictions:

Stage 1 Campfire Restrictions
in
Effect

Stage 1 fire restrictions prohibit the following across the entire Forest:

Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire except in Forest Service designated recreation sites (mostly fee campgrounds with campfire structures installed by the Forest Service) and some Wilderness areas.

Summary:

We will mostly continue to anticipate good air provided there are no new fires that start up.

“Thankfully, that smoky scenario hasn’t played out this year. The chances of the smoke monster making a comeback are diminishing as the sun becomes more preoccupied with baking the southern hemisphere.” As reported on the Washington Smoke Information system.

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