Prescribed Fire Planned Adjacent to Black Butte Ranch
SISTERS – Warmer weather and favorable winds are lining up for fuels specialists on the Sisters Ranger District to conduct a prescribed burn tomorrow. Up to 42 acres could be burned ¼ mile east of Black Butte Ranch and one mile south of Highway 20 in the Glaze Meadow area.
The prescribed fire is part of the Glaze Forest Restoration Project, a project which was accomplished through close collaboration between the Forest Service, public, and representatives from both the environmental and timber communities.
Due to the location of these units, the public could see smoke and drivers may experience smoke impacts on Highway 20 and throughout Black Butte Ranch. For all prescribed fires, signs will be posted on significant nearby Forest roads and state highways that could be impacted. No road closures are anticipated with this project.
Black Butte Ranch will likely be impacted by smoke as a result of this project. Residences and businesses in the area are advised to keep their windows and doors closed during the night hours to avoid any unintended smoke impacts.
Fuels specialists will follow policies outlined in the Oregon Department of Forestry smoke management plan, which governs prescribed fires, and attempts to minimize impacts to visibility and public health. For more information, visit the Ochoco/Deschutes website at www.fs.usda.gov/deschutes and follow us on twitter @CentralORFire.