By JOHN McCALLUM
Managing Editor 

Turnbull burns to take place

 

April 11, 2019

If you see gray and white smoke plumes rising to the east and south of Cheney, don’t be too alarmed. It’s not the start of an early wildland fire season, but prescribed burns being carried out on the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge to meet refuge management objectives.

In an April 2 news release, Refuge officials said the burns are aimed at “improving wildlife habitat, reducing hazardous accumulations of vegetation and forest debris and decreasing the number of unhealthy and overstocked stands of ponderosa pine seedlings and saplings.

The burns will take place from now through mid-M...



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