John Day, Prairie City and Hines, OR. – 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 progress into the next week.
Blue Mountain Ranger District will continue ignition this week on hand and machine piles. These piles are stacks of wooded debris left behind from either thinning or logging operations. The smoke from the pile burning operations will be visible from Highway 395 and southwest of the town of Seneca for the next few days. Smoke can also be expected in the vicinity of the Middle Fork of the John Day River.
Prairie City Ranger District, will begin ignitions on Elk 16 M-1 unit (81 ac) on Monday and Summit 3, Summit 22A units next week, weather and conditions permitting,
Emigrant Creek Ranger District will begin some pile burning in the Devine Ridge/31 road area starting Monday October 7th. Pile burning will continue as weather permits.
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.
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.