House unanimously approves Rep. Joel Kretz’s bill for fire resiliency burning

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the state House approved Rep. Joel Kretz's bill to issue burning permits for forest resiliency burning.

Under House Bill 2928, the Department of Natural Resources would inspect areas fit for prescribed burns and issue burning permits for forest resiliency burning. These permits would be issued only when it was deemed unlikely the burn would significantly contribute to a violation of air quality standards.

Forest resiliency burning mimics the natural cycle of a wildfire and helps reduce the threat and fuels of a catastrophic fire.

“This is a bill to take initial steps to avoid catastrophic wildfires,” said Kretz, R-Wauconda. “After the worst fire season on record in Okanogan County, it is time to make changes so we don't have to once again experience extreme fires that burned thousand of acres. Change is often difficult, but we can't afford to do nothing. This bill would mark progress in our efforts to protect our forests and the environment, while avoiding devastating wildfires in the future.”

House Bill 2928 now moves to the Senate for further consideration.


Washington State House Republican Communications