2017 Umatilla NF Prescribed Burning News Release

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2017 Umatilla NF Prescribed Burning News Release

Forest prepares to implement fall prescribed burn plan

Incident: 2017 Umatilla NF Prescribed Burning Prescribed Fire
Released: 9/7/2016

Pacific Northwest Region
Umatilla National Forest
72510 Coyote Road
Pendleton, OR 97801

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News Contact: Joani Bosworth, Public Affairs (541) 278-3722

September 6, 2016

Forest prepares to implement fall prescribed burn plan

Pendleton, Oregon: Fire management officials on the Umatilla National Forest are preparing to implement the fall prescribed burn plan which could impact camping and hunting opportunities in several hunting units across the forest. Any road and trail closures will go into effect prior to and during burn operations which typically take 2-5 days to complete. Hunters are advised to plan ahead and avoid camping in the following designated prescribed burn areas during this 2016 hunting season.

Maps of the proposed prescribed burns are located on InciWeb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4703/. Additional information on prescribed burning is available on the Umatilla National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla/ or at any forest office.Prescribed burning is highly dependent on weather conditions. Conditions have to be within a narrow criteria window in order to use prescribed fire. Wind speed and direction, temperatures, relative humidity, and fuel moistures are all taken into consideration. “Fall burning more closely mimics fires when they naturally occur and the fire effects are more in line with how the native vegetation has adapted to fire. So, from a restoration objective standpoint, late summer and fall is the best fit for the timing of prescribed fires,” said Chris Johnson, Deputy Fire Staff Officer.

“Unfortunately, hunting season coincides with prescribed burning season and can impact our hunters, but controlled burns are necessary to reintroduce fire to the landscape and encourage healthy vegetation that will ultimately improve landscapes and forage for big game,” added Lizzy Berkley, Forest Wildlife Biologist.

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Umatilla National Forest
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Pendleton, OR 97801

Incident Contacts

Chris Johnson - Fuels Program Manager
Email: cjohnson@fs.fed.us
Phone: 541-278-3704
Joby Sciarrino - Walla Walla District
Phone: 509-522-6383
Andrew Stinchfield - North Fork John Day District
Phone: 541-427-3231
Tara Mackleit - Pomeroy District
Phone: 509-843-4676
Doug Baxter - Heppner District
Phone: 541-676-9187
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