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Fall Prescribed Fire Projects 2020

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Malheur National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
431 Patterson Bridge Rd
John Day, OR 97845

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Malheur National Forest
Phone: 541-575-3000

Malheur National Forest Prescribed Fire Operations Update

Fall Prescribed Fire Projects 2020 Prescribed Fire
News – 10/30/2020

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 may continue pile burning the week of November 2. 

Emigrant Creek Ranger District may begin landscape burning in the George unit, up to 3000 acres, Monday, November 2.  

Prairie City Ranger District will finish landscape burning in Elk 16 L1 unit today, October 30.   Monday, November 2, crews will begin landscape burning in Elk 16 FA unit, approximately 940 acres.  Monday crews will begin blacklining (creating a boundary with fire) the burn area.  Ignitions using aerial resources are planned to begin, Tuesday, November 3. 

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,

Additional information regarding prescribed burning on the Malheur National Forest is available on InciWeb at or by viewing the USFS R6 Tri-Forest Prescribed Fire Projects Map