Fall Burning Planned on the Entiat Ranger District
- Written by Robin DeMario, USFS
ENTIAT—Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest fire specialists will begin fall burning operations on the Entiat Ranger District on October 2 and continue into late fall. Approximately 1,200 acres of underburning and up to 1,000 acres of pile burns are planned for treatment this fall.
“The main objective for prescribed burning is to maintain and restore vegetation and reduce debris on the forest floor to a desired historical condition,” said Entiat District Assistant Fire Management Officer Aaron Rowe.
Prescribed burning will occur in the following areas:
- Approximately 300 acres of underburns are planned in the Hancock Canyon and Johnson Creek area
- 200 acres of pile burning is planned in Dill and Stormy Creek drainages
- Up to 700 acres of underburns and pile burns will occur in the Lower Tyee Ridge area
- Underburns and pile burns totaling 200 acres are also planned in the Moe and Roaring Ridge areas
- 500 acres of pile burning is set to occur in Potato Creek and North Fork Potato Creek
- Pile burns are also planned in Preston Creek area, Shady Pass, Dinkelman Ridge, and Tommy Creek
“Some of the piles that will be burned resulted from fire suppression work on the Mills Canyon and Duncan wildfires,” Rowe said. “Cleared ground fuels and thinned trees near fire control lines were made into piles for burning at a later date when fire danger is low.”
Prescribed fires are part of the comprehensive Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Restoration Strategy. Forest Service managers began implementing the strategy in 1999 to reduce the threat of uncharacteristically severe wildfires and to return resiliency to unhealthy forest ecosystems.
All Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. controlled burns are weather-dependent and fire specialists will cease burning as soon as possible if objectives are not being met or weather conditions are unfavorable. Their primary concerns include favorable winds that can minimize smoke impacts to public health and the risk of fire escape.
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources regulates smoke management and must approve all controlled burns on national forests within the state. Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. fire specialists closely coordinate with the state’s air quality managers.
Mills Canyon Road will be Closed While Burned Area Emergency Response Operations Occur
- Written by Robin DeMario, USFS
WENATCHEE — A 6-mile stretch of Mills Canyon Road No. 5200 will be closed weekdays while Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) work occurs. The road will be closed from the national forest boundary at the bottom of the canyon to its junction with Road No. 5215. The closure starts today and will continue through October 13. The road will be open on weekends.
BAER work will stabilize the road to minimize damage from potential debris flows, heavy rain events and snow melt run off. “It is important to get this work accomplished now, before winter weather arrives,” said Civil Engineer Jonathan Jennett. “We need to clean out culverts and improve road drainage so the road is in good condition to withstand weather events that might occur this winter.”
Mills Canyon Road connects with the Entiat Valley Road approximately 3 miles west of Entiat, Washington.
Please contact the Entiat Ranger District office at 509-784-4700 for additional information about the road closure and BAER work.
Trojan Football Chalks Up Win Against Liberty Bell 46-35
- Written by Janice Stewart
The Manson Trojan Football Team earned their first victory of the season on Friday, September 26th- beating the Liberty Bell Mountain Lions 46-35.
The game proved to be a real battle for the first three quarters with the game tied at 20-20 going into halftime, before Manson was able to pull ahead in the fourth quarter to take a two touchdown lead.
“Liberty Bell came out to play just as they always do, but we found a way to match their intensity and aggressiveness this year,” said Coach Scott Ward. “We played physical football and improved in each aspect of the game that was holding us back for the first couple of contests.”
Coach Ward gave props to the Offensive Line: Mason Cameron, Julio Pena, Joe Toolson, Michael Sanchez, Gerardo Guillen and Chayse Brooks for a job well done.
Leading the team was David Guillen who carried the ball 21 times for 258 yards- and had 2 touchdowns. Quarterback Bo Charlton rushed 10 yards and scored a touchdown. Mikey Pittman and Jorge Tejada also scored 2 touchdowns each, and Spencer Ward caught a pass for a touchdown.
On defense, David Guillen put up 10 solo tackles, 1 assist and a sack, while Joe Toolson and Jorge Tejada each added 5 solo tackles. Melvin Bernardo put up 4 solo tackles, Mason Walters had 3 and Mikey Pittman added 2 more.
The Manson Trojans will play again Friday, October 3rd at home against Okanogan- with kick off at 7PM.
“We would again like to thank all of the Trojan fans that came out to support us. I know that it means a lot to our team and really appreciate it, “ added Coach Ward.
Rock blasting gets even earlier with a 6 p.m. closure starting next week
- Written by Summer Derrey, WSDOT communications
Drivers should plan for added travel time due to construction-related slowdowns
HYAK – Rock blasting closures on Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass are getting earlier as the days get even shorter.
The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will close I-90 at 6 p.m. for about an hour each night Monday, Sept. 29 through Thursday, Oct. 2. During rock blasting closures, eastbound drivers will be stopped at Gold Creek (milepost 56) and westbound drivers will be stopped at Price Creek (milepost 61).
Intermittent rolling slowdowns could cause 20 minute delays Monday through Friday during the day from Gold Creek (milepost 56) to Price Creek (milepost 61). Drivers will also experience nighttime delays due to a single lane closure through the same location.
Drivers may experience minor delays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday due to a single lane closure westbound near milepost 50. Crews will be making repairs to the Denny Creek Bridge
Construction is still taking place on I-90 and drivers need to use the following resources to help plan their trips:
- Visit the What’s Happening on I-90 Web page for up-to-date information on construction projects and traffic impacts and to sign up for email updates.
- Visit the Snoqualmie Mountain Pass Web page for real-time travel information and to view traffic cameras.
- Check the weekly Construction Updates and Traffic pages for region-wide updates.
- Tune into the Highway Advisory Radio at 1610 AM and 530 AM.
- Follow us on Twitter @snoqualmiepass.
- Call the I-90 construction hotline at 888-535-0738 or 511.
Manson Elementary Sixth Grade Campout
- Written by Janice Stewart
Manson sixth Graders spent part of last week at the Lake Wenatchee YMCA Camp and came home with much more than simply an outdoor educational experience.
“Part of being a middle school student is learning to build quality relationships with students, with teachers and with coaches, while we are learning at school,” said Middle School Principal, Todd Smith. “This camp gives students the chance to do that in a beautiful setting.”
The group of 36 students participated in activities such as archery, low rope courses, board games, and fishing.
“Almost every student caught a fish, and Mr. Charlton was there to cheer everyone on,” added Smith.
The camp gave students the chance to participate in new activities in a new setting, and create a greater bond between each other, and the school staff.
“We appreciate the experience and look forward to a stronger learning environment here at Manson Middle School,” said Smith.