Burn Restrictions Imposed for Gifford Pinchot to Decrease Risk of Fire

By Nisqually Valley News
Posted 8/11/22

Due to increased risk of wildfires, Gifford Pinchot National Forest fire managers have issued restrictions on campfires, smoking and other activities within the forest effective Monday, Aug. …

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Burn Restrictions Imposed for Gifford Pinchot to Decrease Risk of Fire

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Due to increased risk of wildfires, Gifford Pinchot National Forest fire managers have issued restrictions on campfires, smoking and other activities within the forest effective Monday, Aug. 8.

The following activities are now prohibited:

• Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire, including a charcoal fire and pellet fire on all Gifford Pinchot general forest land and developed campgrounds (with some exceptions based on location)

• Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a designated campground or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material

• Possessing, discharging or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device

• Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order

According to a news release on the restrictions, portable cooking stoves, lanterns and heating devices using liquefied or bottled fuel, such as propane, are still allowed in the forest as they can be instantly switched off.

“We are seeing extremely hot and dry conditions in the forest,” said Dirk Shupe, fire management staff officer for the Gifford Pinchot and Mt. Hood National Forests. “With a dry summer ahead, we want to limit the unnecessary risk caused by abandoned or escaped campfires to our local communities and the recreating public.”

Nearly nine out of 10 wildfires nationwide can be prevented, stated the release.

For Gifford Pinchot wildfire information, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/giffordpinchot/fire

For more information about the local and regional fire outlook, visit https://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/predict/outlook.aspx



For a list of grounds where building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or charcoal fire is authorized, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/giffordpinchot/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD1047647.

 

Joe Kent Pulls Into Second Place in Primary Race for Congressional District 3

By Nisqually Valley News

As of Monday evening, Republican candidate Joe Kent has taken the second place position in the primary election for Washington’s Congressional District 3.

Over the weekend, he and the incumbent, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, were neck and neck. The most recent count has 47,357 votes in Kent’s favor, or 22.74%, as Herrera Beutler has 46,544, or 22.35%.

Now with just an 803-vote gap between the two, just 10,000 ballots left to count in Clark County and later votes trending in Kent’s favor, it appears likely he will end the race in second place. Democratic candidate Marie Gluesenkemp Perez, of Washougal, has held the first place spot since election night.

Kent was endorsed by former president Donald Trump and was highly critical of Herrera Beutler’s decision to impeach Trump after the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol.

Kent’s campaign has declined to provide comment to The Chronicle, saying they will not be speaking with the media until after the election is certified.

Statewide certification of the election will take place on Aug. 19.

To see current results on multi-county and statewide elections, visit https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/.

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