Friday, February 16, 2018

Juniper burning planned on Crooked River National Grassland


Fire managers on the Crooked River National Grassland plan to burn downed juniper on approximately 537 acres next week, as weather and conditions allow. The burning will take place just east of Highway 26 about 7 miles south of Madras, in the Juniper Springs area.
This type of prescribed fire, known as “jackpot burning,” addresses high concentrations of naturally-occurring or thinning-related downed woody debris. Burning these units will improve critical winter range for big game while reducing hazardous fuel loading to lower the risk of large-scale wildfire across the landscape.
The burning is scheduled to begin about 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20, and continue for one or two days as needed.
Smoke will be visible throughout the week from Highway 26, but no delays or impacts to travel are expected; however, if smoke drifts onto roads, motorists should slow down, turn on headlights, and proceed with care. Jackpots may smolder, burn, and produce smoke for several days after ignition. Once ignited, units are monitored by firefighters until they are declared out.
Fuels specialists follow policies outlined in the Oregon Department of Forestry smoke management plan, which governs prescribed fires (including jackpot burning) and attempts to minimize impacts to visibility and public health.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Prescribed burning planned for Crooked River National Grassland

Central Oregon – Fire managers on the Crooked River National Grassland plan to take advantage of the warm, drier weather to prescribed burn two project areas beginning next Monday, February 5, 2018. The Juniper Springs burn is located 7 miles south of Madras, and east of Hwy. 26, and the West Mountain View project is located 6 miles west of Madras. Both projects will burn downed juniper to reduce hazardous fuel buildups, as well as improve critical winter range for big game animals.

The burns are expected to take 2 days complete, and smoke will be visible for several days after ignitions are completed. Smoke may be visible from Hwy. 26 and along the West Mountain View Road; however, no delays or impacts to travel are expected. If smoke drifts onto roads, motorists should slow down, turn on headlights, and proceed with care. Once ignited, units are monitored by firefighters until they are declared out.

Any decision to move forward with prescribed burn plans will depend on appropriate weather conditions and fuel moisture, as well as adequate staffing and public notifications. All prescribed burns have been scheduled to take advantage of the cooler temperatures, which moderates fire behavior to allow fuels specialists to remove hazardous fuels, reducing the potential for high-intensity uncharacteristic fire, while restoring low intensity fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem and improving range and forest health.

Fuels specialists follow policies outlined in the Oregon Department of Forestry smoke management plan, which governs prescribed fires (including pile burning) and attempts to minimize impacts to visibility and public health.

For more information follow us on Twitter at @CentralORFire

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Pile burning planned on Crooked River National Grassland

Fire managers on the Crooked River National Grassland plan to burn slash piles on approximately 1,370 acres this week, as weather and conditions allow.
Burning these units will improve critical winter range for big game while reducing hazardous fuel loading to lower the risk of large-scale wildfire across the landscape.
Beginning late in the morning tomorrow and continuing through the end of the week, fire managers will take advantage of the warm, drier weather to burn juniper piles scattered across several units adjacent to Grandview, the Three Rivers subdivision and Lake Billy Chinook.
Smoke will be visible throughout the week from Highway 97, but no delays or impacts to travel are expected; however, if smoke drifts onto roads, motorists should slow down, turn on headlights, and proceed with care. Piles may smolder, burn, and produce smoke for several days after ignition. Once ignited, units are monitored by firefighters until they are declared out.
Fuels specialists follow policies outlined in the Oregon Department of Forestry smoke management plan, which governs prescribed fires (including pile burning) and attempts to minimize impacts to visibility and public health.


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Pile Burning Continues Near La Pine, Sunriver and Deschutes River Woods


Central Oregon–With the cooler, wetter, weather, fire managers will continue pile burning on the Deschutes National Forest beginning Saturday. The piles are leftover accumulations of woody material associated with previous vegetation management activities near numerous subdivision and roads. Removing these dense accumulations of fuel near homes, facilities and roads will create defensible space around communities.

Beginning today and continuing through next week, fire managers will ignite 1,100 acres of slash piles around La Pine (Ponderosa Way), near: Huntington/Vandevert Road, Fall River Fish Hatchery, Big River Campground and Boundary Road; Sunriver area near: Sunriver Airport and along Highway 97 from Sunriver to State Recreation Road; and Bend area, near: Deschutes River Woods and Lava River Cave.

Piles may smolder, burn, and produce smoke for several days after ignition.  Removing this accumulation of fuel is one of the final steps to creating a restored and healthy ponderosa pine ecosystem and protecting communities from additional fuel loading in forested areas adjacent to private land.

No closures are anticipated with these operations.  However, if smoke drifts on to roads, motorists should slow down, turn on headlights, and proceed with care.  Once ignited, units are monitored by firefighters until they are declared out.

Fuels specialists follow policies outlined in the Oregon Department of Forestry smoke management plan, which governs prescribed fires (including pile burning) and attempts to minimize impacts to visibility and public health.

For more information, visit the Deschutes website at www.fs.usda.gov/deschutes and follow us on twitter @CentralORFire. 



Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Prescribed Burning Continues Near Hole in the Ground


BEND– Fuels specialists on the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District will conduct a prescribed burn on two units approximately 22 miles southeast of La Pine on Wednesday.

If conditions remain favorable, ignitions on the approximately 800 acres (listed on the live map as Mx2J and Mx2G) is slated to begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue through daylight hours. The prescribed burn is expected to be completed in one day.
For all prescribed fires, signs will be posted on significant nearby Forest roads and state highways that could be impacted.  While there are no road closures anticipated with this burn, drivers may experience smoke impacts on nearby roads.  Motorists should slow down, turn on headlights, and proceed with caution.
Residences near Fort Rock and Hole in the Ground may be impacted by smoke and are advised to keep their windows and doors closed during the night hours to minimize any potential smoke impacts.

Fuels specialists follow policies outlined in the Oregon Department of Forestry smoke management plan, which governs prescribed fires (including pile burning) and attempts to minimize impacts to visibility and public health.

Keep up with prescribed burns in Central Oregon by visiting this live map: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/webmaps/deschutes/cofms-rxfire/

For more information, visit the Deschutes website at www.fs.usda.gov/deschutes and follow us on twitter @CentralORFire. 



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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Ochoco prescribed burns planned over the coming week

PRINEVILLE, Ore. – Fire managers on the Ochoco National Forest plan to continue prescribed burns in the coming days in the McKay Creek area and near Spears Meadow along Highway 26, as weather conditions allow. Both planned burns are continuations of prescribed burning that the Forest Service has already started this fall.

Firefighters treated about 250 acres with prescribed fire in the McKay Creek area two weeks ago. Starting tomorrow, Friday October 27, fire managers plan to treat another 500 acres. The unit is located west of Forest Road 27 along Forest Road 2705, about 1 mile west of Salt Butte and 14 miles northeast of Prineville. View a map of current and proposed prescribed burn units in Central Oregon here: https://www.fs.fed.us/r6/webmaps/deschutes/cofms-rxfire/

This prescribed burn is part of an ongoing series of treatments in the area to restore fire to a fire-adapted forest ecosystem, reduce hazardous fuel loading, and improve range conditions for livestock and big game. The project is funded in part by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Smoke may impact portions of Forest Roads 27, 33 and 2705 during periods of active burning, but predicted winds are expected to disperse smoke accumulations fairly quickly.

If weather conditions allow, fire managers will also burn a portion of the 1,200-acre Spears Meadow burn unit next Monday and Tuesday. This unit is located west of Highway 26 along Forest Road 3350, about 19 miles east of Prineville. This prescribed burn was scheduled to occur earlier this month, but it was cancelled last minute due to a forecast for strong winds.

If the burn takes place next week, smoke is likely to impact nearby Highway 26 during periods of active burning. Sign boards and flaggers will be present along the highway as needed. At night, due to cold night time temperatures, smoke will pool into low level areas and may come into Prineville. This smoke should be of short duration during the early morning hours until the inversion lifts and clear back out of the valleys.

Prescribed burning is part of a Forest Service program to remove hazardous fuels in order to reduce the potential for high-intensity uncharacteristic fire, while restoring low-intensity fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem and improving range and forest health.

Prescribed burning is a proactive approach to fire management, reintroducing fire in a planned, low-intensity manner that benefits the resources, instead of waiting for an unplanned ignition, such as lightning, to start a wildfire that requires an expensive suppression response and can burn with destructive intensity.


The Forest Service appreciates public tolerance of increased smoke and vehicle traffic in support of these restoration goals.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Ochoco will prescribed burn in the McKay Creek area this week

PRINEVILLE, Ore. – Fire managers on the Ochoco National Forest plan to conduct a 200-acre under burn near McKay Creek this week, about 14 miles northeast of Prineville, as weather conditions permit.

This prescribed burn is part of an ongoing series of treatments in the area to restore fire to a fire-adapted forest ecosystem, reduce hazardous fuel loading, and improve range conditions for livestock and big game.

The project is funded in part by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

The unit received ample moisture last week and conditions are still very wet in places so fire intensity is expected to be very low.

The unit is located west of Forest Road 27 along Forest Road 2705, about 1 mile west of Salt Butte. View a map of current and proposed prescribed burn units in Central Oregon here: https://www.fs.fed.us/r6/webmaps/deschutes/cofms-rxfire/

Ignitions are planned to begin today and last for two to three days as needed to complete the unit. Smoke may impact portions of Forest Roads 27, 33 and 2705 during periods of active burning, but predicted winds are expected to disperse smoke accumulations fairly quickly.


All hunting camps in the area have been contacted and the unit has been signed.