2018 Umatilla NF Prescribed Burning

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2018 Umatilla NF Prescribed Burning


Umatilla National Forest prepares for prescribed burning
North Fork John Day Ranger District to implement prescribed burn this week PENDLETON, Ore. – The Umatilla National Forest is preparing to implement early season prescribed burning activities as.. more


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This prescribed fire incident has been established to provide public information on planned, active and completed prescribed burning for 2016 on the Umatilla National Forest. Burning is planned on each of the four Districts on the Umatilla NF:

  • Pomeroy District, office in Pomeroy, WA
  • Walla Walla District, office in Walla Walla, WA
  • North Fork John Day District, office in Ukiah, OR
  • Heppner District, office in Heppner, OR
As implementation plans become likely, updates will be posted on this site. Additional burning information is available at the following:

Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center - Pomeroy, Walla Walla, North Fork John Day Districts

John Day Interagency Dispatch Center
- Heppner District

Umatilla National Forest Web Site

ArcGIS Web Map (in development)

The map index above can be used to find individual burn unit maps under the MAPS section of this incident. A list of the potential burn units planned for 2016 can also be found in the MAPS section. The goal is to burn approximately 20,000 acres in 2016 so, not all of the potential units on the list will get burned this year. The ArcGIS Web Map is a new mapping approach we are experimenting with and hope to use in the future. Please take a look at our "in development" site (link above).

In general, there are two burn seasons each year to accomplish prescribed fire projects. Early season burns typically occur in late winter through the early fire season in late spring/early summer. Late season burns typically occur in late fire season and into December. The specific dates of a burn during a season is dependent on many variables including wildfire activity, resource availability, current and predicted weather, and smoke management constraints. Once a weather window "opens" for burning we work closely with the Oregon Department of Forestry to ensure good smoke management conditions that will minimize smoke to populated areas from each burn unit. If smoke management conditions are favorable, we proceed with the burning.

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Umatilla National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
72510 Coyote Road
Pendleton, OR 97801

Incident Contacts

Chris Johnson - Fuels Program Manager
Email: cjohnson@fs.fed.us
Phone: 541-278-3704
Joby Sciarrino - Walla Walla District
Phone: 509-522-6383
Andrew Stinchfield - North Fork John Day District
Phone: 541-427-3231
Tara Mackleit - Pomeroy District
Phone: 509-843-4676
Doug Baxter - Heppner District
Phone: 541-676-9187
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