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Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge to hold prescribed burns this fall


This fall the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge will be conducting prescribed burns. Depending on weather conditions, burning should occur sometime between Sept. 12 and Nov. 30.

Prescribed burning activities should have little to no impact on access to the refuge public use area. These fall burns will accomplish refuge management objectives for reducing hazardous accumulations of fuel, decreasing the number of unhealthy and dense stands of forest regeneration, and improving habitat conditions for wildlife.

Burning will only occur when weather conditions are favorable, on days when the smoke will disperse and mix with the pre-dominate air flow. These burns will be conducted in accordance with the state of Washington’s Smoke Management Plan and refuge specific prescribed fire plans.

Disruptions to traffic are possible due to smoke, but are expected to be minimal. To ensure public safety, signs will be placed along adjacent public roads and staff will monitor smoke conditions on roads during burns.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit

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