It was another hot and smoky summer in South Puget Sound and throughout the Pacific Northwest in 2018. Drier conditions and frequent air quality impacts from large West Coast wildfires greatly reduced our opportunities to conduct priority burning during our peak summer burn window. Having a strong core group of firefighters allowed us to make the most of our limited burn window and achieve most of our high priority burn objectives. As late summer rains made burning less effective at home, we transitioned our fire resources south to help our partners in Oregon.
The attached report provides an updated description of our collaborative burn program and describes our 2018 activities.
Some 2018 milestones include:
- We completed the most burns and acres on JBLM
- We completed 84 prescribed burns on 56 days in the South Sound, while limited to five burn days in Thurston County due to smoke, weather and permitting restrictions.
- We assisted with 17 burns during 15 burn days in Oregon.
- In total, we had 115 burn operations on 70 days totaling about 5800 acres.