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.
Since beginning ignitions Monday, November 2, Emigrant Creek Ranger District successfully completed 3200 acres of planned prescribed landscape burning, including 2800 acres of aerial ignitions in the George unit. Resources will continue to patrol and monitor the area.
Prairie City Ranger District successfully completed approximately 970 acres of prescribed landscape burning in the Elk 16 FA unit this week. Resources will continue to patrol and monitor the area.
All 3 districts may begin burning piles on November 9. All burning is weather and condition dependent.
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. Although unlikely, 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. Until we receive additional precipitation on the burns, forest visitors can expect to see smoke in vicinity of the burn units. Logs and larger fuels will continue to smolder until that precipitation occurs.
The public can monitor 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 visiting the USFS R6 Tri-Forest Prescribed Fire Projects Map.