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2019 Malheur NF Prescribed Fire

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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
Email: malheur_public_information@fs.fed.us
Phone: 541-575-3000
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Prescribed Fire Operations Continue

2019 Malheur NF Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire
News – 9/26/2019

John Day, Prairie City and Hines, OR – Malheur National Forest fire staff continues to monitor conditions across the Forest for the correct temperature, wind, fuel moisture and ventilation for smoke. As these criteria are met, firefighters will continue to implement, monitor, and patrol prescribed fire operations in specifically planned units.

Malheur National Forest prescribed fire operations for today and through the weekend include:

  • Blue Mountain Ranger District - In the Soda Bear Burn 8B Unit up to 311 acres may be burned east of Seneca, OR. Pile burning may occur various locations across the district if conditions are not conducive to landscape prescribed fire operations

  • Prairie City Ranger District – In the Summit 3 Burn Unit up to 50 acres of blacklining may occur along the 471 Rd near the south east corner of Logan Valley. If weather conditions are not conducive to blacklining, then pile burning may occur near Short Creek Guard Station and on Sheep Mountain.

  • Emigrant Creek Ranger District – No active operations scheduled.

Fall burning will build upon efforts in the spring when the Forest safely and successfully accomplished prescribed fire operations on approximately 2600 acres. Spring operations reduced surface fuels, increased height of some canopy, reduced small tree densities, and helped 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.

Prescribed fire is an important component of natural resource management and part of the comprehensive fire management program on the Malheur National Forest. Each of these prescribed burn operations represents many months of planning and preparation. Prescribed burns are designed to both reduce the risk of larger and/or catastrophic wildfires as well to restore overall health of the National Forest System lands. Fire is an essential, natural process, having shaped the landscape for thousands of years, releasing, and recycling nutrients from vegetation, duff, and soil layers, improving the overall health of plants and animals.

Science over the last several decades has shed a great deal of light on the essential role that these low-intensity fires play in a fire-dependent forest like the Malheur National Forest. Prescribed fire, when used strategically and repeatedly across larger areas, helps sustain healthy forest ecosystems, reduces the risk of out-of-control fires, reduces the severity of future wildfires when they do occur, and keeps our communities and firefighters safer.

To ensure public and firefighter 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 recreational activities. Visitors are advised to plan ahead, for their safety they should not camp in or near an area of prescribed fire activity.

As dates for individual units are scheduled and conditions are met, announcements will be released, updates will also be posted to Inciweb at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6299 and the Malheur National Forest Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MalheurNationalForest. Additional information regarding prescribed burning on the Malheur National Forest is available by viewing the Prescribed Fire Activity interactive map at http://arcg.is/2wUZIil.

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/.

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.

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