Malheur National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
431 Patterson Bridge Rd
John Day, OR 97845
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 continue prescribed fire operations.
Blue Mountain Ranger District will begin burning hand pile units in the upper Camp Creek and Sulphur Creek project areas today and tomorrow.
Prairie City Ranger District may continue burning piles in the Elk 16 project area, hand piles near the North Fork Malheur River and Grapple piles from Short Creek Guard Station to the Crane Prairie Guard Station starting today.
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/7216/ or by viewing the USFS R6 Tri-Forest Prescribed Fire Projects Map.
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.