What's with the smoke lately?


Last updated 10/24/2018 at 9:46am

If you’ve noticed a bit of smoke in the air, there’s a chance it’s from controlled burns performed by the Colville Tribes.

Acting “fuels manager” for the Colville Tribes, John Elliott explained in a phone call to The Star that the burns should be finished before Thanksgiving.

“At that time it’s usually getting too cold to have a lot of success burning,” Elliott said. “At the moment we’re probably about half done with what we’re trying to do in the fall.”

Elliott said that they are burning some slash piles that were thinned out by loggers. And some burning reduces f...

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