Cascadia Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) Update

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By Kara Karbosk, WA RC&D

Beneficial Fire in the Roslyn Urban Forest

On October 8, 2020 the prescribed fire training exchange (TREX) crew successfully burned 20 acres in the Roslyn Urban Forest and on adjacent private lands. What a great day and what a great burn! Training objectives were fully met and there was plenty of opportunities for dragging torches.

A crew works together through thick brush to light the interior of the burn unit near Roslyn, WA.
Photo credit: Kara Karboski, WA RC&D

This was a burn prepped and burned almost entirely by personnel and volunteers from local fire resources in Kittitas County. Huge kudos and thanks to Kittitas County Fire & Rescue #7, Kittitas County Fire District #6, Kittitas County Fire District #1, Kittitas Valley Fire & Rescue, Roslyn Fire Department, and Cle Elum Fire Department. Personnel from Lincoln County Fire District #1 and Mt. Adams Resources Stewards also assisted.

The burn was supported by the Washington Prescribed Fire Council, The Nature Conservancy, and Washington Department of Natural Resources.

Not only was this done primarily by local resources, but part of this burn occurred in the Roslyn Urban Forest which is within the boundaries of the City of Roslyn. A lot of work has been done to get to this point, and the support of the City of Roslyn and the rest of the community has been crucial to what has been accomplished today and over the past few years.