Wenatchee River Ranger District to begin spring prescribed burns

— Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest fire specialists will start spring burning this month with a 200-acre treatment in Beaver Valley, near Lake Wenatchee.

Burning, to reduce the potential for wild fire, will continue as long as conditions allow.

Burning objectives also include enhancing forest health, improving wildlife habitat and native vegetation restoration, officials said.

Prescribed fires are part of the comprehensive Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest restoration strategy.

Officials said burns are also under way or planned in the Entiat, Twisp and Winthrop areas.

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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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