Prescribed Fire in the Wet Season Could Provide Healthier Air Quality in Wildfire Season
We need to put people to work reducing forest fuels and protecting communities before fire season.
The State of Oregon is proposing changes to the Oregon Smoke Management Plan that deals with the use of prescribed fire on private and public lands.
Using prescribed fire in the wet season is an underutilized tool for land managers to restore forests.
KS Wild staff has read the proposed changes to the Smoke Management Plan and drafted a letter of our opinions on the rule here.
We appreciate the Oregon Dept. of Forestry and Environmental Quality stepping in the right direction to get more fire on the lands around our homes and communities, but we are concerned that the proposed 1-hour period of measurement will limit opportunities to burn.
Written comments may be submitted until 5:00pm on September 14, 2018.
TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS FILL OUT THE FORM ON THE DEQ PAGE HERE
We must do much more controlled burning in the wet season when we don’t have temperature inversions that trap smoke in the valley. Burning during these conditions will allow smoke to rise straight to the upper atmosphere, away from communities and our lungs.
Please see the attached handout for more information about the type of forest management projects we would like to see.