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Smoke from controlled burn near SR107 may affect visibility

SR107 at MP2

Smoke on the horizon this morning is likely Weyerhaeuser conducting controlled burns of several brush piles near State Route 107 outside of Cosmopolis. Forester John Todd tells us the brush is on Weyerhaeuser property, but only about 100 yards away from the highway near the Blue Slough road.
Smoke may be visible from the roadway when they begin controlled burning around 10 this morning, Todd said flaggers will be in place if the smoke begins to affect visibility.

Invasive species found in Grays Harbor, Chehalis River Basin

CENTRAL PARK, Wash. – New Zealand mudsnails were recently discovered in the lower Chehalis River approximately 2.0 miles south of Central Park and approximately 2.5 miles east of Cosmopolis. This is the first discovery of New Zealand mudsnails in the Chehalis River Basin.

The invasive species was found at the Washington Department of Natural Resources Blue Slough Access area.
The NZMS were found in mud around a spring at the site. The New Zealand mudsnails were collected during low tide, the site is inundated with water at high tide. The site is tidally influenced and the water is brackish. The extent of introduction is unknown.

Snail map
The collectors also sampled at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife boat ramp, just up steam of the Blue Slough site, adjacent to the SR107 bridge (about RM 13.2). No New Zealand mudsnails were found. The Chehalis River is brackish here as well.