Prescribed Burning in Progress

Prescribed Burning locations across Central Oregon

With consistently warmer temperatures, fire managers on the Deschutes National Forest will be taking advantage of favorable weather conditions and begin igniting prescribed burns across our area over the next few weeks. This will include several high profile burns around Sisters, Bend, La Pine and Sunriver, Oregon.

The use of prescribed fire in Central Oregon’s fire-adapted ecosystems restores forests to healthier conditions, reduces and removes dense vegetation that contributes to high-intensity wildfires and protects our communities.

UPDATE: Tuesday, June 3, 2019

Firefighters are planning prescribed burns outside of Sisters, Sunriver and Crescent on the Deschutes National Forest today.

Ignitions are planned for Tuesday on IFR 26 and 35 for a total of 118 acres approximately 2 miles west of Black Butte Ranch on the Sisters Ranger District. On the Crescent Ranger District firefighters are planning for 10:00a.m. ignitions on Bee 25, an 82 acre unit approximately 2 miles east of the Highway 97/58 junction. There are no road closures anticipated with either project. Both fires are being implemented to reintroduce low intensity fire into a fire adapted ecosystem.

If conditions are favorable, firefighters will also ignite Bon West Block 1 for 211 acres. This unit is immediately adjacent to the units that were completed on Monday. As with the previous Bon West units south of South Century Drive, smoke could impact Highway 97. Oregon Department of Transportation personnel will be in place on Highway 97 and South Century Drive to ensure the safety of the public traveling on the road.

You can find out where to expect prescribed fires in our area by using the interactive map provided by the Central Oregon Fire Info website.fire burning bend sisters oregon bend

 

The West Bend Project

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Over the past couple years, close to 700 acres of prescribed burning has been completed in the West Bend Project area. The West Bend Project is designed to restore forest health while reducing the risk of high severity wildfire to our local community.

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Due to the location of these units, the public could see smoke and drivers may experience smoke impacts on nearby highways and Forest roads. For all prescribed fires, signs will be posted on significant nearby Forest roads and state highways that could be impacted. No road closures are anticipated with these projects.

The public is encouraged to close their windows at night and if smoke is on the roadway, turn on headlights and slow down while traveling through smoky areas. The public’s health is important to the Forest Service. While significant preventive measures are taken, many factors influence a person’s susceptibility to smoke, including the severity and duration of smoke exposure and a person’s health. If individuals feel impacted by smoke, they should avoid outdoor physical exertion and remain indoors. If people experience serious health impacts from the smoke, they should contact their doctor. For more information about smoke and health, visit the Oregon Health Authority recommendations through this link: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/Preparedness/Prepare/Pages/PrepareForWildfire.aspx#health

Fuels specialists will follow policies outlined in the Oregon Department of Forestry smoke management plan, which governs smoke from prescribed fires (including pile burning), and attempts to minimize impacts to visibility and public health.

Completed Prescribed Burns

Posted: Sunday, June 2, 2019
Tomorrow, June 3rd, firefighters are planning a prescribed burn east of the Sunriver Business Park and west of Highway 97 on the Deschutes National Forest. Ignitions are planned for approximately 9:00 a.m. on Bon West units 2, 3 and potentially 4 for a total of 395 acres east of Sunriver and south of South Century Drive (Forest Road 40). Ignitions could last up to three days to complete these units. While no closures are expected with these prescribed burns, there may be a delay in traffic on Highway 97 due to smoke impacting the highway. Oregon Department of Transportation personnel will be in place on Highway 97 and South Century Drive to ensure the safety of the public traveling on the road.

Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2019
If conditions remain favorable, firefighters on the Deschutes National Forest are planning a burn west of Bend near the Cascade Lakes Welcome Station on Wednesday. On May 8, ignitions are planned for approximately 9:00 a.m. on Welcome Station 9, a 231 unit one mile west of Bend near the Cascade Lakes Welcome Station on Cascade Lakes Highway. Due to the location of this burn, the project will closure portions of the Ticket to Ride, COD and Westside Paved Path trails. These trails will likely be closed for a few days to allow firefighters to safely cool hot spots near the trail. Additionally, smoke will be highly visible from Cascade Lakes Highway and portions of Forest Road 41. Signs and flaggers will be available if smoke begins to impact traffic flow the highway. Forest Service firefighters will be assisted on this burn by Bend Fire, The Nature Conservancy and Interagency Hotshots.

Outside of Sisters, firefighters are planning to burn the 138-acre SAFR unit 282 adjacent to the Cold Springs Cutoff (Forest Road 1012) northwest of Sisters. Smoke will be visible from Highway 20 and the town of Sisters but no closures are anticipated with this burn.

POSTED: Monday, May 6, 2019
Today, firefighters are planning prescribed burns approximately 1.5 miles west of Sunriver and 2 miles west of Sisters on the Deschutes National Forest. On May 6, ignitions are planned for approximately 10:00 a.m. on Maintenance 5H and 5J for a total of 181 acres west of Sunriver near the junction of Forest Road 41 and Forest Road 4140 and 4180. These units were also used in training exercises for the Central Oregon Fire Instructor’s Association last week to train local and volunteer fire agencies to better respond to a wildland fire incident. During those training days, just a few acres were burned on each unit so ignitions on Monday will ensure that they are fully treated. Outside of Sisters, firefighters are planning to burn the 85-acre SAFR unit 246 west of the Tollgate subdivision. And finally, on Monday and Tuesday firefighters are scheduled to burn Roy units 46, 95 and 146 for a total of 250 acres approximately 7.5 miles northwest of Crescent. In addition to the Roy units on the Crescent Ranger District, if conditions remain favorable on Tuesday firefighters plan to continue burning 1.5 miles west of Sunriver in Maintenance 5B, near the junction of Forest Roads 40 and 41 for 190 acres. The Sisters Ranger District will also likely be burning in the SAFR units west of Tollgate and information will be updated on social media when the units have been identified.

POSTED: Friday, May 3, 2019
Firefighters are planning prescribed burns approximately 3 miles from La Pine on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Ignitions are planned for 10:00 a.m. on Odin units 5 and 6 for a total of 175 acres east of La Pine and north of Forest Road 22. Firefighters will also be continuing to assist and support the Central Oregon Fire Instructor’s Association in a training for local and volunteer fire agencies by igniting a prescribed burn outside of Sunriver on Maintenance 5H (89 acres) to help and train individuals and agencies better respond to a wildland fire incident. These units are approximately 1.5 miles west of Sunriver near the junction of Forest Road 41 and Forest Road 4140 and 4180.

Firefighters outside of Sisters are slowing down burn operations today on the 68 acre SAFR 179 unit approximately 7 miles south of Sisters near Forest Road 1620 due to higher than forecasted relative humidity. If conditions remain favorable, this unit is scheduled to be completed on Friday. On Saturday firefighters will continue burning in Odin units east of La Pine beginning with unit 4 for 343 acres and on Sunday if favorable wind and weather conditions persist, Odin unit 3 (239 acres) will be completed as well.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
If conditions remain favorable, firefighters will continue prescribed burning several units outside of Sisters, Sunriver, and Crescent on Thursday and Friday. Ignitions are planned for 10:00 a.m. Thursday on the 68-acre SAFR 179 unit approximately 7 miles south of Sisters near Forest Road 1620. Additionally, firefighters on the Crescent Ranger District will continue igniting Bee 1 & 2 south of Crescent and approximately 3 miles northeast of the Highway 97/58 junction on Thursday. No closures are expected with any of these burns although smoke may be visible from state highways and nearby Forest Roads.

Finally, on Thursday and Friday, Deschutes National Forest firefighters will be working to support the Central Oregon Fire Instructor’s Association in a training for local and volunteer fire agencies to help and train individuals and agencies better respond to a wildland fire incident. US Forest Service personnel will ignite prescribed burns in Maintenance 5J for 92 acres on Thursday and Maintenance 5H for 89 acres on Friday. Both units have been previously burned and US Forest Service personnel and equipment will be on hand to assist in providing quality fire service training for Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson County officials. These units are approximately 1.5 miles west of Sunriver near the junction of Forest Road 41 and Forest Road 4140 and 4180.

POSTED: Monday, April 29, 2019
Three burns are planned for today as long as conditions remain favorable-the largest is South Bend 137 adjacent to Lost Tracks Golf Course. Ignitions are planned for 10:00 a.m. on the 286 acre South Bend unit as well as the 149 acre SAFR 136 unit approximately 5 miles southwest of Sisters near Forest Road 1505. Additionally, firefighters on the Crescent Ranger District are planning to ignite Bee 13 & 14 south of Crescent and approximately 3 miles northeast of the Highway 97/58 junction. No closures are expected with any of these burns although smoke may be visible from state highways and nearby Forest Roads.

If conditions remain favorable on Tuesday, firefighters are planning to ignite a prescribed burn west of Bend in West Bend COD units 1 & 8 for a total of 234 acres. Those units are within the Phil’s Trailhead system and will include a portion of Marvin’s Garden, which will be closed during ignitions and likely for a few days while firefighters cool hot spots along the trails. Also on Tuesday, firefighters on the Sisters Ranger District will continue burning in SAFR, a collection of units approximately 2.5 miles southwest of Sisters off of Forest Road 1505, with units 135 for 114 acres. As with other burns in the SAFR unit area, burning in this area is meant to reduce hazardous fuels within the wildland urban interface and reintroduce low intensity fire to a fire adapted ecosystem.

POSTED: Saturday, April 27, 2019
If conditions remain favorable, firefighters on the Deschutes National Forest plan to ignite two prescribed burns on Sunday, April 28, 2019, and two burns on Monday, April 29, 2019. On Sunday, firefighters are planning prescribed burns on Maintenance 5D approximately 3 miles west of Sunriver near the junction of Forest Road 40 and 41 for 269 acres and units Bee 4 and 5 south of Crescent and approximately 3 miles northeast of the Highway 97/58 junction for a total of 144 acres. No closures are expected with either burn although smoke may be visible from state highways and nearby Forest Roads. Ignitions are planned for SAFR unit 136 two miles southwest of Sisters on Monday, April 29. While there are no closures associated with this unit, there will likely be a short duration trail closure along portions of the Metolius-Windigo trail north of Cow Camp. Firefighters plan to return to the same area west of Sunriver on Monday and complete Maintenance 5B and 5C if conditions remain favorable. All of these prescribed burns are intended to reintroduce low-intensity fire back into a fire-adapted ecosystem.

POSTED: April 25, 2019
If conditions remain favorable, firefighters on the Deschutes National Forest plan to ignite two prescribed burns today the first is southwest of Sisters and the other is approximately 25 miles southeast of La Pine. Ignitions are scheduled to begin around 10:00 a.m. for the burn on SAFR unit 131, 3 miles southwest of Sisters, just east of Forest Road 1513. The smoke from this 62 acre burn will be visible from Sisters and people using the Metolius-Windigo Trail can expect a short duration trail closure on a portion of the trail just north of Cow Camp. A reroute has been designated for hiker and horse travel will be offered through signage near the prescribed burn area. Firefighters will also be burning a 350 acre unit off Forest Road 18 about 25 miles southeast of La Pine called Maintenance 2D. If there’s time, they will also ignite the adjacent unit Maintenance 2C, that’s 875 acres. Ignitions are scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. and continue through late afternoon.

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