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2017 Malheur NF Prescribed Fire

Unit Information

Malheur National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
P.O. Box 909
John Day, OR 97845

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Incident Contacts

Malheur National Forest
Phone: 541-575-3000
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm

John Day Interagency Dispatch Center
Phone: 541-575-1321

Burns Interagency Communication Center
Phone: 541-573-1000

Highlighted Activity

10/30/2017 Fire crews continue to take advantage of prescribed burn opportunities
Officials on the northern portion of the Forest, Blue Mountain and Prairie City Ranger Districts, may continue with prescribed burning operations later this week. Conditions, such as weather and...
Announcement - 10/30/2017
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This prescribed fire incident has been established to provide public information on planned, active and completed prescribed burning for 2017 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 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

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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.