Prairie City, John Day and Hines, Ore. – After carefully monitoring conditions across the Forest, fire officials have determined that conditions are within specific parameters, including temperature, relative humidity, and fuel moisture to start prescribed fire operations in specifically planned units.
Starting Sunday, September 15, Prairie City Ranger District will begin ignitions on 2b of the Dads WUI Project, full ignition for the 100 acre unit is scheduled for Sunday, September 15. Smoke will be visible from Prairie City and Highway 26. The unit is located in the Eureka Gulch/Dans Creek area in Township 12 South, Range 34 East, Section 35. The burn is south of Highway 26 to the National Forest Service (NFS) Road 306 and off of NFS road 388 and 350. Signs will be posted for public safety. A reader board will be placed at the east end of Prairie City to advise travelers of fire activity ahead. Please use caution while traveling in the area.
Blue Mountain Ranger District and Emigrant Creek Ranger District continue to monitor conditions to begin fall prescribed fire activity.
For the safety of firefighters and the public, roads and areas of prescribed fire activity will be signed, please avoid these areas so as not to interfere with ongoing operations. For safety, roads, trails, and areas may need to close temporarily as firefighter operations are taking place. Smoky conditions may also reduce visibility to a level that would require additional temporary closures. During prescribed fire operations, there is potential for impacts to camping and hunting. Hunters are advised to plan ahead, for their safety they should not camp in or near an area of prescribed fire activity.
Fall operations reduce surface fuels, increase height of some canopy, reduce small tree densities, and help promote fire resilient trees, thereby improving our ability to protect communities from wildfire. Additionally, these prescribed fires improve wildlife habitat, promote long-term ecosystem integrity and sustainability by reducing the risk of high-severity wildland fire.
All prescribed burn activity is weather and condition dependent.
With the potential for smoke to settle in certain areas during active operations, the public can monitor the smoke and air quality in our area and across the state by visiting, http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/.
Additional information regarding prescribed burning on the Malheur National Forest is available on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6299/ or by viewing the Prescribed Fire Activity interactive map at http://arcg.is/2wUZIil.
For further information on the Malheur National Forest, please visit us at www.fs.usda.gov/malheur or call the Supervisor’s Office at 541-575-3000.