Local Leadership on Display at This Year’s Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) — The Nature Conservancy in Washington

Since 2017, multiple burns have been conducted around Roslyn as part of TREX with the assistance of local agencies. To date, Cascadia TREX has provided prescribed fire training to over 100 firefighters and managers. In years past, TREX has brought in fire practitioners from across the United States and Canada to learn about prescribed fire and how to put fire to work in forests and grasslands for the benefit of people and nature. 

This fall’s burn was unique, however, in that it relied mainly on local fire departments in Kittitas County. Largely staffed by volunteers, rural fire departments provided personnel, resources and equipment to safely conduct the burn, all while getting necessary training and experience. This year, the TREX participants burned a 20-acre unit in the Roslyn Urban Forest and neighboring private land.

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