rescribed burns set for forest lands

— The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is considering a prescribed burn this week in the Hunter Mountain area, located in the lower Methow Valley.

If weather conditions are favorable, the burning would begin today, Sept. 25, and end tomorrow, according to Meg Trebon with the Methow Valley Ranger District.

The forest has earmarked 450 acres on the north side for the burn, a treatment that’s meant to cut down on fuels to reduce the risk of wildfires.

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State Department of Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Dan Christensen recorded this video of the release of a mama bear and her three cubs Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. The bears were captured in a tree at Esther Bricques Winery near Ellisforde. The original video was much longer. We've edited out several minutes of footage between the cubs leaving the first trap and the mama and cub leaving the second trap. Enlarge

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