2017 Malheur NF Prescribed Fire Announcement

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2017 Malheur NF Prescribed Fire Announcement

Thursday, Sept. 28 Prescribed Fire Update

Incident: 2017 Malheur NF Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire
Released: 9/28/2017

Crews ignited prescribed burns in the 18 Road and Logan Valley units this morning around 11:00 a.m. Smoke with be highly visible in both areas.

Following that, crews look to accomplish 400 acres in the 16 Road unit on the Prairie City Ranger District, 500 acres in the Balance unit of Blue Mountain, and 500 acres on the southern portion of the forest, Emigrant Creek Ranger District, in the Silvies Valley unit.

Additionally, the Ochoco National Forest, to the West, have begun their burning as well, particularly with 4,000 acres on the south side of Wolf Mtn. They have more information posted here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/ochoco/alerts-notices/?aid=31015.

The Wallowa-Whitman NF, to the East, also have numerous prescribed burns planned. More information from their forest here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/wallowa-whitman/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD560265.

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 moisture's are all taken into consideration.

There is a potential for impacts to camping and hunting. Hunters are advised to plan ahead. Please use caution while traveling in areas of prescribed fire activity.

Burning is part of the series of fuel reduction treatments intended to decrease the damage done by wildfires, including reducing the amount of smoke that typically impacts communities during the fire season. The intent is to keep smoke out of populated areas. Burning under controlled conditions reduces surface and ladder fuels, setting the stage to limit future high intensity unplanned fires and the smoke that they would produce. Many areas are burned on 10- to 15-year rotations to limit fuel accumulations and enhance forage and browse important to wildlife.

Fire history studies have shown that fire was a dominant natural process in the Blue Mountains, maintaining a more open and park-like condition throughout the low- to mid-elevation forests. Low-intensity surface-fires burned throughout these drier forests and grasslands perpetuating open, park-like stands of fire-tolerant tree species such as ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, and larch.

Prescribed fires are an integral part of land management across the Malheur National Forest. Each of these prescribed burn operations represents many hours of planning and preparation. Specific weather and vegetative conditions must be in place in order to conduct these operations. Prescribed burns are designed to both reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires as well to restore overall health of the National Forest System lands.

To view the the Prescribed Fire Activity Interactive map, please visit

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