John Day, Prairie City and Hines, OR. – Prescribed fire operations will continue as weather permits across the forest.
Blue Mountain Ranger District will be finishing 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. Ignitions were also completed on 327 acres in Soda Bear 8b unit in Bear Valley. This week crews will begin ignitions in Dad’s Creek, Starr Ridge and Bear Valley. Smoke may be visible from Highways 26 and 395 for several days.
Prairie City Ranger District completed ignitions on 1500 acres in the Summit 3 unit located in the south east corner of Logan Valley. This week crews will be working on jackpot burning in Elk 16 M; south of NFS road 1410 and west of NFS road 14; as well as handpile ignitions on the north end of the district later on in the week.
Emigrant Creek Ranger District completed 944 acres in the Jane and Tarzan project areas. This week the crews will begin work on 400 acres in the Green Ant project area near Snow Mountain.
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.