Smoke. Fire moves through the forest and you can smell it, taste it, feel it. Prescribed fire used to cleanse forest overgrowth last week near Plain, Fish Lake, the Entiat Valley and the Lake Chelan Valley has with shifting winds sent some of that smoke toward western Washington.
Whenever it comes our way, we should all sniff the air and remind ourselves that the smoke rises for the good of the forest and for the safety of our communities.
These burns, 8,000 acres in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, are part of a collaborative forest health project approved by the Legislature last year.
These prescribed burns are a major tool in restoring our forests, and thereby protecting us all from the fire storms of summer.
The fire managers go to great lengths to minimize the annoyance of prescribed burns, but remember, a little smoke now is vastly preferable to the clouds and billows it may help prevent. The smoke represents work well done.