South Puget Sound Ecological Fire Program 2012 Summary Report

After working through regulatory and administrative issues and developing an infrastructure of trained firefighters and equipment, 2012 marks our fifth scaled-up burn season.  Prior to 2008, we were only conducting one to two burns annually. Since that time, the partnership has increased its burning significantly.  In 2012, we completed 57 burns totally 2208 acres on 10 different properties in North and South Puget Sound.  Based on the number of operational burn shifts (though not total acres), we continue to be the most active burn program in the state.  Primary land managing burn partners include Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources, Wolf Haven, The Nature Conservancy and Thurston County as  well as Pacific Rim Institute in the North Puget sound.