Friday, June 15, 2018

New wildfire starts near Rainbow Market just east of the Warm Springs Reservation

Jefferson County Rural Fire District #1 and the BLM are jointly managing a new human-caused wildfire that started behind an old gas station adjacent to the Rainbow Market on Hwy 26 just across the river from the Warm Springs Reservation. The fire started in light, grassy fuels and winds quickly drove the fire south parallel to Hwy 26 and east toward the top of the river canyon. As of 6:00 p.m. this evening, the fire is estimated at 230 acres with no estimate of contaiment.


Firefighters from Warm Springs, Prineville BLM, Jefferson County and Deschutes County are working the incident. A Type 2 helicopter is helping fight the fire burning on a combination of tribal, private and BLM-administered lands. There is no estimate of containment at this time.


Mecca Flats Campground is under a precautionary evacuation, and six vehicles were moved out of the area.


View of south flank of Rainbow Fire.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Firefighters responding to a 50 acre fire in the Maury Mountains


Land managers remind the public to use caution with fire as conditions dry
Central Oregon — Wildland firefighters are responding to a new fire in the Maury Mountains south of Prineville, on the Lookout Mountain Ranger District of the Ochoco National Forest, discovered yesterday afternoon along Forest Service Road 16, near the Hammer Creek trailhead about 8 miles south of Post.
The Hammer Fire is estimated at 50 acres, burning in dead and down fuels with some isolated torching, in the Hammer Creek and Florida Creek drainages.
Multiple engines and the Redmond Interagency Hotshot Crew worked into the night to contain the fire during high wind events yesterday evening. Several hand crews are arriving at the fire today and crews plan to burn out around the fire tonight or tomorrow to contain and fully suppress it.
Weather forecasts are calling for possible rain in the area this weekend.
The fire has been determined human-caused, originating from an abandoned warming fire, but the incident is still under investigation.
Land managers would like to take this opportunity to remind the public that fuels are drying out and fire danger is expected to increase along with warmer weather. There are no public use restrictions in effect at this time on National Forest System lands in Central Oregon, but campfires should always be completely extinguished prior to vacating a campsite.
A good rule of thumb for extinguishing a campfire is to make sure it is cool to the touch prior to leaving. Simply covering a hot fire with dirt may not fully extinguish it. Campfires can smolder underground for several days and a strong wind event can uncover and rekindle them.
For more information, please contact Patrick Lair at (541) 416-6647.







Sunday, June 3, 2018

Prescribed Burn Planned for Tomorrow South of Bend

South Bend Prescribed Burn Near China Hat Road Scheduled for Tomorrow

Central Oregon – If conditions remain favorable, firefighters on the Deschutes National Forest plan to ignite a prescribed burn off of China HatRoad tomorrow.

On Monday, June 4, ignitions are scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on South Bend 137, a 250 acre unit south of Bend adjacent to Lost Tracks Golf Course and China Hat Road.  The Deschutes National Forest has partnered with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for this burn which is intended to improve habitat for wildlife as well as reduce hazardous fuels accumulations within the Wildland Urban Interface near Bend. Bend Fire will be assisting in the burn along with the Prineville Interagency Hotshots.

Due to the location of these units, the public could see smoke and drivers may experience smoke impacts on nearby highways and Forest roads. 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. The public is encouraged to close their windows at night and if smoke is on the roadway, turn on headlights and slow down while traveling through smoky areas. The public’s health is important to the Forest Service. While significant preventive measures are taken, many factors influence a person’s susceptibility to smoke, including severity and duration of smoke exposure and a person’s health. If individuals feel impacted by smoke, they should avoid outdoor physical exertion and remain indoors. If people experience serious health impacts from the smoke, they should contact their doctor. For more information about smoke and health, visit the Oregon Health Authority recommendations through this link: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/Preparedness/Prepare/Pages/PrepareForWildfire.aspx#health

Fuels specialists will follow policies outlined in the Oregon Department of Forestry smoke management plan, which governs smoke from 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 Deschuteswebsite at www.fs.usda.gov/deschutes and follow us on twitter @CentralORFire.  For more information, visit the Deschutes website at www.fs.usda.gov/deschutes and follow us on twitter @CentralORFire. 


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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Prescribed Burn Adjacent to High Desert Museum Scheduled for Wednesday



Ignitions planned on public land south of Bend and on High Desert Museum property

BEND – The Deschutes National Forest and High Desert Museum are partnering to conduct a prescribed burn on both High Desert Museum property and Forest Service managed lands adjacent to the museum tomorrow.
If conditions remain favorable, firefighters will begin burning at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23. High Desert Museum (HDM) will delay opening tomorrow but visitors are invited to use and enjoy the museum beginning at 12:00 p.m. Three units are scheduled for ignitions including the 74 acre High Desert Museum unit and two South Bend units on the Deschutes National Forest for a total of 121 acres. The burn is expected to be completed by midafternoon and smoke will begin to dissipate after ignitions are complete.
“This is a great opportunity for us to work with our partners at High Desert Museum, as well as numerous other local, state and federal fire organizations, to bring fire back into this fire-adapted ecosystem,” said John Allen, Deschutes National Forest Supervisor. “This burn will restore public land adjacent to the museum and protect this well-loved and important part of Central Oregon’s culture.”
Deschutes National Forest scientists and High Desert Museum staff collaborated in designing a prescribed burn to reduce the threat of large-scale wildfire to people, property and wildlife, as well as to provide for education exhibits on the reintroduction of fire into a fire-adapted ecosystem.
“We’re located on 135 beautiful, wooded acres that haven't experienced a fire for more than 100 years,” said Dana Whitelaw, the High Desert Museum’s Executive Director. “We believe the prescribed burn will help create a more resilient forest as well as a defensible space protecting the Museum and its wildlife, art and artifacts. We’re pleased to work with the Forest Service on this project.”

On the day of the burn, Museum educators will offer hourly escorted interpretive walks starting at 1:00 pm to locations where visitors can see the burn in lieu of regularly scheduled daily programs.

Forecasted winds should push smoke east of Bend, which will limit impacts to the community. However smoke will be visible from Highway 97, Bend and Sunriver during ignitions. No road closures and traffic delays are expected. Subdivisions and communities in the area should not have smoke impacts during ignitions, however during the late evening and early morning smoke is expected to settle and possibly impact Highway 97, Deschutes River Woods, Bend, Sunriver, and the surrounding communities.
The public is encouraged to close their windows at night and if smoke is on the roadway, turn on headlights and slow down while traveling through smoky areas. The public’s health is important to the Forest Service. While significant preventive measures are taken, many factors influence a person’s susceptibility to smoke, including severity and duration of smoke exposure and a person’s health. If individuals feel impacted by smoke, they should avoid outdoor physical exertion and remain indoors. If people experience serious health impacts from the smoke, they should contact their doctor. For more information about smoke and health, visit the Oregon Health Authority recommendations through this link: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/Preparedness/Prepare/Pages/PrepareForWildfire.aspx#health
Fuels specialists will 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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Two Prescribed Burns Planned for Tuesday


Central Oregon– If conditions remain favorable firefighters will conduct prescribed burns tomorrow near Bend and Hole in the Ground.
A prescribed burn located in the Shevlin Park area will be highly visible to residents of Bend. The 77-acre burn will be located directly north of Skyliner’s Road (Forest Road 4601) across from the Phil’s Trailhead turn-off. Smoke likely will impact Skyliner’s Road, Phil’s Trailhead and the western portions of the Tetherow neighborhood during the burn. Ignitions on the burn are expected to begin around 9 or 10 a.m. and be completed by 2 p.m.  In the evening smoke is most likely to impact residences within the Northwest Crossing neighborhood. Residents are encouraged to close their windows to reduce the impacts from the smoke.
The burn in Shevlin Park is part of a multi-year agreement between the Forest Service and Bend Metro Parks and Recreation District to maintain and restore forest health and reduce the potential negative impacts of a severe wildfire on Shevlin Park, Miller Tree Farm, Tetherow and Northwest Crossing. The Oregon Department of Forestry and Bend Fire Department will assist on the burn.
The other burn, Maintenance Burn Units 2G, is more remote. The burn will be located 5 miles north of Hole in the Ground and 22 miles southeast of La Pine. The 1,000 acre burn could take up to two days to complete. Smoke may temporarily degrade visibility along State Highway 31 and impact private residences near Fort Rock and Hole in the Ground.
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 these projects. If smoke is on a roadway, drivers should turn on headlights and slow down while traveling through smoky areas. The public’s health is important to the Forest Service. While significant preventive measures are taken, many factors influence a person’s susceptibility to smoke, including severity and duration of smoke exposure and a person’s health. If individuals feel impacted by smoke, they should avoid outdoor physical exertion and remain indoors. If people experience serious health impacts from the smoke, they should contact their doctor. For more information about smoke and health, visit the Oregon Health Authority recommendations through this link: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/Preparedness/Prepare/Pages/PrepareForWildfire.aspx#health
Fuels specialists will follow policies outlined in the Oregon Department of Forestry smoke management plan, which governs smoke from 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/

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

South Bend Prescribed Burns Planned for Thursday and Friday


BEND – If conditions remain favorable, firefighters on the Deschutes National Forest are planning ignitions south of Bend on Thursday and Friday.

On Thursday, May 10, firefighters are planning ignitions on the 121 acre South Bend 446 unit located south of China Hat, approximately one mile south of the Lost Tracks Golf course and Woodside Ranch. On Friday, firefighters are planning ignitions on South Bend 137. The 250 acre unit is adjacent to Back Nine Golf course and will be visible from China Hat road.

Burning in these units is designed to decrease hazardous fuels accumulations within the Wildland Urban Interface near to the city of Bend and surrounding values at risk to reduce the risk of high intensity wildfire as well as reintroducing fire into a fire adapted ecosystem.

Due to the location of these units, the public could see smoke and drivers may experience smoke impacts on nearby highways and Forest roads. 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 these projects. The public is encouraged to close their windows at night and if smoke is on the roadway, turn on headlights and slow down while traveling through smoky areas. The public’s health is important to the Forest Service. While significant preventive measures are taken, many factors influence a person’s susceptibility to smoke, including severity and duration of smoke exposure and a person’s health. If individuals feel impacted by smoke, they should avoid outdoor physical exertion and remain indoors. If people experience serious health impacts from the smoke, they should contact their doctor. For more information about smoke and health, visit the Oregon Health Authority recommendations through this link: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/Preparedness/Prepare/Pages/PrepareForWildfire.aspx#health

Fuels specialists will follow policies outlined in the Oregon Department of Forestry smoke management plan, which governs smoke from 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 Central Oregon Fire Information, please call 541-316-7711 or keep up-to-date on fire activity by following us on Twitter at @CentralORFire.
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The BLM manages more land – more than 245 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Sisters Prescribed Burns Continue Near Milli Fire Area



Ignitions continue east of Sunriver near Lava Cast Forest

BEND – If conditions remain favorable, firefighters on the Deschutes National Forest are planning continued ignitions south of Sisters near the Milli Fire scar and south of Bend and east of Sunriver on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, May 8, firefighters are planning ignitions on the 150 acre Bon East 2C unit located east of Sunriver on Forest Road 9720. Burning in this unit is designed to decrease hazardous fuels accumulations within the Wildland Urban Interface near to the city of Sunriver and surrounding values at risk to reduce the risk of high intensity wildfire as well as reintroducing fire into a fire adapted ecosystem.

Firefighters will take up to two days to ignite the 174 acre SAFR 126 unit approximately 3 ½ miles southwest of Sisters along Forest Road 15. This unit is directly north of the Milli Fire scar and across the road from the SAFR 124 units that have just been completed. Burning in this unit is designed to decrease hazardous fuels accumulations within the Wildland Urban Interface near the city of Sisters and surrounding communities and to reduce the risk of high intensity wildfire. Due to the location of these units, the public will likely see smoke from Sisters and drivers may experience smoke impacts on Highway 20 and 242 and nearby forest roads. For all prescribed fires, signs will be posted on significant nearby Forest roads and state highways that could be impacted.  Electronic sign boards will be utilized to help reduce speed and keep traffic flowing. No road closures are anticipated with these projects. The public is encouraged to close their windows at night and if smoke is on the roadway, turn on headlights and slow down while traveling through smoky areas.

The public’s health is important to the Forest Service. While significant preventive measures are taken, many factors influence a person’s susceptibility to smoke, including severity and duration of smoke exposure and a person’s health. If individuals feel impacted by smoke, they should avoid outdoor physical exertion and remain indoors. If people experience serious health impacts from the smoke, they should contact their doctor. For more information about smoke and health, visit the Oregon Health Authority recommendations through this link: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/Preparedness/Prepare/Pages/PrepareForWildfire.aspx#health
Fuels specialists will follow policies outlined in the Oregon Department of Forestry smoke management plan, which governs smoke from 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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