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2018 Malheur NF Prescribed Fire

Unit Information

Malheur National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
John Day, OR 97845

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Prescribed Fire on the Damon Unit helps to restore the Forest and remove fuels build-upImage options: [ Full Size ]

This prescribed fire incident has been established to provide public information on planned, active and completed prescribed burning for 2018 on the Malheur National Forest. Burning is planned on each of the three Districts on the Malheur NF:

  • Blue Mountain District, office in John Day, OR
  • Prairie City District, office in Prairie City, OR
  • Emigrant Creek District, office in Hines, OR

Prescribed fires, also known as controlled burns, refer to the planned and controlled use of fire by a team of experts under specific conditions of temperature, wind, and humidity. Prescribed fire is used to help restore ecosystems that depend on fire, reduce the risk of out-of-control wildfire, and increase community and firefighter safety.

Prescribed Fire Activity Interactive Map Link (This interactive map is best viewed using Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer 9 or higher).

The data represents the recently completed, active, upcoming, and out-year prescribed fire planning for the Malheur National Forest. All units have been analyzed under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Burning typically takes place once all other activities described in the project analysis have been completed. Prescribed burning is highly dependent on precise weather and fuel conditions, and managers coordinate with the Oregon Department of Forestry to minimize air quality impacts to local communities.

Prescribed Fire Status:

  • Active - Unit is planned to be burned shortly, is currently being burned, or was burned recently

  • Completed - Burn is declared out

  • Upcoming - This unit is planned for burning within the next 2 years. Visitors may see fire crews preparing control lines

  • Out-year Planning - Identified for prescribed burning in 2-5 years pending completion of other activities

Additional burning information is available at the following: Burns Interagency Communication Center/John Day Interagency Dispatch Center

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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Date of OriginMonday September 17th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
LocationMalheur National Forest, Grant/Harney County, Oregon
Coordinates44.418 latitude, -118.951 longitude

Current Situation

Significant Events

Prairie City Ranger District fire crews are planning to begin operations on the 16 Road project, located south of Forest Road 16 near Crane Prairie. Crews plan to treat approximately 150 acres starting as early as today, activity will continue through the week on additional acreage if objectives are being met.

Also this week, crews on the Blue Mountain Ranger District are scheduled to initiate prescribed fire operations on 450 acres in the Damon North unit, about four miles north of Seneca. The prescribed fire activity taking place in this area is not related to the wildfire (Incident 206) that was suppressed by firefighters earlier this month.

Additionally on the Emigrant Creek Ranger District, officials are looking to start operations in the George unit, the unit is located north and west of Delintment Lake campground.


Projected Incident Activity

Planned Prescribed Fire Activity starting September 26, 2018

Blue Mountain Ranger District

Damon South RX - SW of Seneca (T17S R31E S21)

Starr Rx Unit 27 - Located along Forest Service Road 24, West side of Bear Valley, (T16S R30E S29)

Murderers Creek, in the Murderers Creek Area (T12 R28 S29)

Prairie City Ranger District

Elk 16 – East of Crane Prairie (T16 R35 S33)

16 Road RX - located along Forest Road 16 near Crane Prairie (T16 R34 S24)

Summit – located near Forest Road 1643/461 (T17S R34E S13)


Recreationists, hunters, and other forest users should be aware of potential prescribed fire areas listed when selecting areas to camp and/or hunt. Please refer to this site to aid in the planning of your trip, or call the office at 541-575-3000.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Prescribed burning is highly dependent on weather conditions. Conditions have to be within narrow criteria window in order to use prescribed fire. Wind speed and direction, temperatures, relative humidity, and fuel moistures are all taken into consideration.