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March 2, 2024

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Wildfire season winds down in Washington


MOSES LAKE — Most of the wildfires that flared up in Washington this summer are out, according to information from the National Interagency Fire Center.

Fire activity diminished last week in the Olympic National Park fires — Low Divide, Delabarre, Martin Lake and Eagle Point — due to precipitation and cool temperatures. Smoke production was observed in down and standing deadwood. Those four fires, combined with three other, much smaller ones, burned a total of 4,795 acres, according to the NIFC. They were listed as uncontained but further spread was expected to be minimal.

The Airplane Lake, Dome Peak, Blue Lake, Kindy Creek and Sourdough fires in the north Cascades have also stopped spreading, according to the NIFC. Between them they total 17,094 acres, and costs for all of them were estimated at $30,440,000.

The 30-fire Cowlitz Complex that cropped up in Gifford Pinchot National Forest on Aug. 25, was still 39% contained Thursday, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Western Washington Incident Management Team 3 left the site Sept. 30, turning the remaining work over to a small on-site team. Prescribed burns will begin this weekend in the eastern part of the forest near Mount Adams and will continue until Oct. 21.

Eleven more prescribed fires were burning in Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties Thursday, according to the NIFC, for a total of 2,660 acres.