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Canyon 66 Prescribed Burn

Unit Information

Ochoco National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3160 NE Third Street
Prineville, OR 97754

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Incident Contact

Patrick Lair
Email: patrick.lair@usda.gov
Phone: 541-416-6647
Hours: M-F 8-5

Highlighted Activity

09/06/2019 Roads reopen, workers continue clean up, following Canyon 66 Rx
Fire managers have now reopened to public travel the segments of Forest Service Road 22 and Forest Service Road 2610 that passed in or near the Canyon 66 prescribed burn unit on the Lookout Mountain..
News - 09/06/2019
Firefighters Tuesday afternoon monitoring Canyon 66 RxImage options: [ Full Size ]

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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Date of OriginTuesday September 03rd, 2019 approx. 10:00 AM
Coordinates44.42 latitude, -120.385 longitude

Current Situation

Size5,072 Acres
Estimated Containment DateThursday September 05th, 2019 approx. 10:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Grasses and forbs, dead and down woody debris, seedlings less than 3 inches diameter, within Ponderosa pine dominated forest with patches of mixed conifers.