LAWSUIT DISMISSED. KCFD3 AWARDED COURT COSTS.

LAWSUIT DISMISSED. KCFD3 AWARDED COURT COSTS. The lawsuit filed by the Committee for Fair Taxation From Fire Dist. 3 was dismissed yesterday afternoon. The suit attempted to force the district to return to 2007 levy rates. The District has been awarded court costs that through 18 Sept. totaling approximately $23,000 with more to yet to come.

Burn ban still active

The Commissioner of Public Lands has lifted the State Wide Burn Ban on DNR protected lands. The attached Press Release will be going out shortly. The DNR has made sure to note that the public will need to check with local authorities prior to burning. Not much changes with this for us here in Klickitat County. All lands within a County Fire Protection District will still remain under the county wide burn ban.
We have also dropped to an IFPL1 and a fire danger of Moderate. If you have any questions feel free to contact myself or the local fire foresters Scott Brewer and Jordan Tsubota.
Restrictions set by local authorities are not affected by DNR’s action. Additionally, while conditions no longer warrant a statewide burn ban, some local areas within the state remain dry. Potential burners and the public at large are reminded to check with those local authorities before burning. For local fire restrictions, visit:  http://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/firedanger/BurnRisk.aspx
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9/22 PRESENTATION ON FIRE AND FORESTS TO SPARK COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

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The Fort Vancouver Regional Library District and the Washington Humanities invite the community to join Fire Ecology Photographer, John Marshall for an engaging conversation at area libraries about the past philosophies and future policies of forest fire management east of the Cascade Divide. The program will include stunning images from Marshall’s extensive photograph landscape study. The programs are scheduled on three consecutive evenings as follows: Goldendale library on Monday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m.; White Salmon library on Tuesday, September 23 at 6:00 p.m. and Stevenson library on Wednesday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Lightning strikes and Native Americans historically ignited many small fires, resulting in open forests with a rich mosaic of wildlife habitats. As Europeans settled the area, many began to argue for the vigilant prevention of wildfires. For half a century, the U.S. Forest Service battled all fires and invented Smokey the Bear, a character that spread the discredited notion that all fire is bad. Now fires are larger and hotter as forests have grown into living tinderboxes. All of Eastern Washington’s vulnerable forests will inevitably burn. The question for us is: How do we want them to burn?

In 1994, John Marshal began an extensive photographic landscape study to follow what happens to forests following fires, an endeavor that continues today. Marshall’s interest in forest fires began in childhood while picking huckleberries at old burn sites on Mt. Hood. The son of a wildlife biologist, he came to understand at an early age that wildfires were important to wildlife in the same era Smokey the Bear was telling the public that fires were bad. Marshall has a Bachelor’s in Fishery Science from Oregon State University and a Master’s in Wildlife Resources from the University of Idaho. He began his career as a photographer with the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, which he photographed for National Geographic magazine. His recent work having to do with fire ecology is supported by the U.S. Forest Service. Marshall currently lives in Wenatchee. For more information about this and other library programs, services and resources call the library (509) 493-1132. For more information about Humanities Washington programs www.humanities.org/calendar-events