The Canyon 66 prescribed burn began Tuesday, September 3 on the Lookout Mountain Ranger District of Ochoco National Forest with the intent to treat just over 5,000 acres over the course of two or three days.
The Lookout Mountain Ranger District of the Ochoco National Forest first attempted the treatment last fall, but called off the project because fuels were too dry. This year, fuels within the unit have been too wet and green to attempt the burn. Managers expect that with current hot weather, fuels within the Canyon 66 unit will dry enough to adequately consume and meet prescription.
Preparation work that began last year was finished prior to the burn. Workers prepared containment lines around the unit by removing brush, tree limbs, and other fuels, and digging hand lines in strategic places. Signs notifying the public of the planned activities are located around the unit. Drone reconnaissance is ongoing. Firefighters from Crook County Fire & Rescue, the Sunriver Fire Department, and the Redmond Fire Department join Forest Service and BLM firefighters in staffing and implementing the project.
The resource objectives of the Canyon 66 prescribed burn are to reduce the future threat of catastrophic wildfire by removing dead and down woody debris and other hazardous fuels. The burn will also benefit livestock and big game habitat by consuming decadent stands of grass and brush to open up and improve forage and range conditions in coming years.
|Current as of|
|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|
|Date of Origin||Tuesday September 03rd, 2019 approx. 10:00 AM|
|Coordinates||44.42 latitude, -120.385 longitude|
|Estimated Containment Date||Thursday September 05th, 2019 approx. 10:00 AM|
Grasses and forbs, dead and down woody debris, seedlings less than 3 inches diameter, within Ponderosa pine dominated forest with patches of mixed conifers.