TONASKET — TONASKET – The Tonasket Ranger District plans an under-burn of up to 1,800 acres north of Aeneas Valley today, May 10.

Winds are expected to carry smoke to the northeast, but there is a chance some smoke could settle in the Republic area overnight, U.S. Forest Service officials said. The burn area is about 20 miles east of Tonasket.

In addition to district staff, the Baker River Hot Shots, Redmond Hot Shots and firefighters from the Republic Ranger District, Methow Valley and elsewhere in Washington are on site.

Forest officials said under-burning helps reintroduce fire into a fire-adapted landscape and will help reduce hazardous fuels in the wildland-urban interface by reducing the amount and continuity of ground vegetation, reducing debris left after thinning, raising the height of the lowest branches on trees in the project area so they no longer serve as a ladder for carrying fire to treetops, preparing site for regeneration, and reducing shrubs and trees that are less fire-resilient

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