John Day, Prairie City and Hines, OR. – Prescribed fire operations will continue as weather permits across the forest.
Blue Mountain Ranger District will begin ignitions today on handpile units in the Camp Creek drainage area. Smoke may be visible from County Road (CR) 18 and National Forest System (NFS) road 36. Wednesday, October 16 crews will begin ignitions on 327 acres in Soda Bear 8b unit in Bear Valley. District fire staff will continue to monitor conditions to possibly begin ignitions in the Starr project area also in Bear Valley. Crews will continue hand pile ignitions across the district through this week and into next week as conditions and weather permit.
Wednesday, October 16, Prairie City Ranger District, will begin ignitions on 1500 acres in the Summit 3 unit located in the south east corner of Logan Valley and possibly some smaller ignitions of roughly 100 acres may occur in the Dads 2b unit and 50 acres in the Elk 16 project area, south of NFS road 1410 and west of NFS road 14, with the chance of some handpile ignitions on the north end of the district later on in the week.
Emigrant Creek Ranger District completed 370 acres in the Tarzan project area as well as 234 acres in the Jane project area last week. This week the crews will monitor units that have already been started and will continue to evaluate conditions before beginning new ignitions. If weather and conditions permit, crews will begin ignitions on Silvies units 7 and 12, along with finishing two units in the Jane project area and possibly moving into Green Ant project area for more pile burning if and when the conditions and weather permit.
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.