John Day, Prairie City and Hines, OR. – Prescribed fire operations will continue as weather permits across the forest.
Blue Mountain Ranger District successfully completed 250 acres of hand and grapple pile unit burning in Galena; and 150 acres in Damon project area at Smith Meadows and off of National Forest System (NFS) road 3790. Starting today crews will work on approximately 115 acres of hand and grapple pile units in the North Fork of Bridge Creek area off of NFS road 2612.
Prairie City Ranger District, successfully completed 81 acres of jackpot burning on Elk 16, M-1 unit on Monday. Jackpot burning is a combination of hand pile and landscape burning that is a concentration of slash (similar amounts of a hand pile) across a treated unit in an attempt to reduce the slash under moist conditions. The unit may have a landscape under burn at a later date under drier conditions. Burning operations are planned to continue Wednesday of next week on Summit 3, along with hand pile burning on the north end of the district and jackpot burning in the Elk 16 project area along NFS road 14.
Emigrant Creek Ranger District successfully completed work on hazard tree hand pile burning along NFS road 41 near Delintment Lake. District fire management crews plan to continue under burning in Silvies Units 7 and 12 in the Silvies Canyon area along NFS road 31and pile units in the Green Ant Units near Allison Guard Station next week.
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.
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.