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“Prescribed” burning in Mt Baker National Forest expected to start soon

Crews tending to a prescribed burn. Source: National Forest Service

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Officials with the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest say they will soon begin prescribed burning as weather and conditions allow.

According to an April 18th announcement, “Prescribed burning is part of each Ranger District’s annual natural resource management program to reduce hazardous fuels, remove debris from administrative sites and campgrounds, and improve wildlife forage.”

Crews could begin the spring prescribed burning season anytime and continue as late as June.

The public is urged to stay away from project areas during burning operations and for a few days afterward. Signs will be posted along access roads and near affected trailheads and trail junctions during operations. Temporary access restrictions or closures may be necessary for public safety. The exact timing and acreage of burns depends on fuel conditions and wind patterns.

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People with respiratory problems are encouraged to contact their local district office if they wish to be notified when burning will occur. Residents of Glacier and those traveling Highway 542 may see smoke along the Mt. Baker Highway.

Motorists and residents in the Baker Lake basin and along Baker Lake Road may see smoke from the campgrounds and administrative sites around Baker Lake. Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (April 18, 2023)

The Mt Baker Ranger District is located at 810 State Route 20 in Sedro-Woolley and can be reached by phone at (360) 854-2553.

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