The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area will conduct prescribed burning in the eastern Gorge later in the week, possibly Friday and Saturday. This prescribed burning will take place in Washington between Bingen and Lyle, specifically on the ridge located between Catherine and Major Creeks, also known as Tracy Hill. Prescribed burns reduce excess fuel buildup and minimize the potential for large scale wildfires while improving the overall health and resiliency of ecosystems. This project is part of a long-term strategy to develop a fire break that can be utilized to help stop a large fire in this area. Exact dates will depend on weather and moisture conditions. Smoke may be visible on Washington State Highway 14 and Interstate 84 at times during the burns. As burn dates are confirmed, details will be posted on the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Facebook and Twitter pages. Anyone with asthma can request to be on an advance call list by calling (503) 522-8377 to provide your name and phone number no later than close of business on Thursday.