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Fall Prescribed Fire Projects 2020

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Malheur National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
431 Patterson Bridge Rd
John Day, OR 97845

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Malheur National Forest
Phone: 541-575-3000

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JOHN DAY, PRAIRIE CITY, and HINES, OR. – Due to favorable weather conditions, the Malheur National Forest may begin Fall Prescribed Burning beginning Friday, October 16th, 2020.  Unit scheduled for possible ignitions would be Summit 5 on the Prairie City Ranger District.  

Burning has begun at:

Summit 5 186 acres completed, as of 10/19/2020. South East of Logan Valley. T16s, R34E, Section 31. North of the NFS road 1647.

Summit 4, Wednesday, October 21 saw good fire effects and met some objectives.  Crews will be working on hand lighting in the interior Thursday and Friday.  Resources will be patrolling all day and through the weekend. South of Logan Valley, T17s, R 33.5E, between Summit Creek and the Malheur River, off of NFS road 1647.

Elk 16 L1, 180 acres completed of a possible 491 acres as of October 19, 2020. T16s, R35E, section 21. South of the NFS road 16, east of Halfway Creek.

Burning may take place at:

  • Starr units 31, 32, 33 Approx. 1435 acres. South side of the National Forest System (NFS) road 24 and north of the NFS road 2400071, 9 miles west of Seneca. T16S, R30E, sec 29, 30 & T16S, R29E, sec 24,25

  • Starr units 6, 7, approx. 400 acres south of the NFS road 4920333 west of Highway (Hwy) 395. T15S, R30E sec 25

  • Soda Bear Unit 4 and 4a approx. 700 acres. East of Hwy. 395 and east on the NFS road 3925 to junction of NFS road 3925 and NFS road 3925297.

  • George unit 103, east of the NFS road 250 approx. 3000 acres. T20E, R25S, sec 21, 22, 28, 31, 33, 34, 35. North of NFS road 4545, west of NFS road 4540.

  • Silvies unit 7 approx. 3400 acres. T20E, R31S, sec 4, 5, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21 & T19E, R31S, sec 32 and 33. North of the NFS road 3110, west of the NFS 31.  

  • MD B, approx., 900 acres. T20S, R31E, sec 23,24,26,27. East of Hwy 395, north of NFS road 2820, west of the NFS road 532.

Since prescribed burn operations are planned in advance, they have critical safety components in place and are carefully designed to occur within a combination of natural and constructed control lines. In 2020, we have increased coordination measures regarding COVID-19 mitigation.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Coordinates44.418 latitude, -118.951 longitude