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: Monday, June 4, 2018

The prescribed burn originally planned for today off of China Had Road has been postponed. Lightning strikes across Central Oregon are drawing firefighting resources to respond to wildfire incidents. We will put out a new notice if the burn is rescheduled.

POSTED: Sunday, June 3, 2018

If conditions remain favorable, firefighters on the Deschutes National Forest plan to ignite a prescribed burn off of China Hat Road tomorrow, Monday, June 4th. Ignitions are scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on South Bend 137, a 250 acre unit south of Bend adjacent to Lost Tracks Golf Course and China Hat Road. The Deschutes National Forest has partnered with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for this burn which is intended to improve habitat for wildlife as well as reduce hazardous fuels accumulations within the Wildland Urban Interface near Bend. Bend Fire will be assisting in the burn along with the Prineville Interagency Hotshots.

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.

Smell smoke? See smoke? Here's what to do.

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 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 in Central Oregon

POSTED: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The Deschutes National Forest and High Desert Museum are partnering to conduct a prescribed burn on both High Desert Museum property and Forest Service managed lands adjacent to the museum tomorrow. If conditions remain favorable, firefighters will begin burning at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23. High Desert Museum (HDM) will delay opening tomorrow but visitors are invited to use and enjoy the museum beginning at 12:00 p.m. Three units are scheduled for ignitions including the 74 acre High Desert Museum unit and two South Bend units on the Deschutes National Forest for a total of 121 acres. The burn is expected to be completed by midafternoon and smoke will begin to dissipate after ignitions are complete.

“This is a great opportunity for us to work with our partners at High Desert Museum, as well as numerous other local, state and federal fire organizations, to bring fire back into this fire-adapted ecosystem,” said John Allen, Deschutes National Forest Supervisor. “This burn will restore public land adjacent to the museum and protect this well-loved and important part of Central Oregon’s culture.”

Deschutes National Forest scientists and High Desert Museum staff collaborated in designing a prescribed burn to reduce the threat of large-scale wildfire to people, property and wildlife, as well as to provide for education exhibits on the reintroduction of fire into a fire-adapted ecosystem. “We’re located on 135 beautiful, wooded acres that haven't experienced a fire for more than 100 years,” said Dana Whitelaw, the High Desert Museum’s Executive Director. “We believe the prescribed burn will help create a more resilient forest as well as a defensible space protecting the Museum and its wildlife, art and artifacts. We’re pleased to work with the Forest Service on this project." On the day of the burn, Museum educators will offer hourly escorted interpretive walks starting at 1:00 pm to locations where visitors can see the burn in lieu of regularly scheduled daily programs.

Forecasted winds should push smoke east of Bend, which will limit impacts to the community. However smoke will be visible from Highway 97, Bend and Sunriver during ignitions. No road closures and traffic delays are expected. Subdivisions and communities in the area should not have smoke impacts during ignitions, however during the late evening and early morning smoke is expected to settle and possibly impact Highway 97, Deschutes River Woods, Bend, Sunriver, and the surrounding communities.

POSTED: Monday, May 21, 2018
If conditions remain favorable firefighters will conduct prescribed burns tomorrow near Bend and Hole in the Ground. A prescribed burn located in the Shevlin Park area will be highly visible to residents of Bend. The 77-acre burn will be located directly north of Skyliner’s Road (Forest Road 4601) across from the Phil’s Trailhead turn-off. Smoke likely will impact Skyliner’s Road, Phil’s Trailhead and the western portions of the Tetherow neighborhood during the burn. Ignitions on the burn are expected to begin around 9 or 10 a.m. and be completed by 2 p.m. In the evening smoke is most likely to impact residences within the Northwest Crossing neighborhood. Residents are encouraged to close their windows to reduce the impacts from the smoke.

The burn in Shevlin Park is part of a multi-year agreement between the Forest Service and Bend Metro Parks and Recreation District to maintain and restore forest health and reduce the potential negative impacts of a severe wildfire on Shevlin Park, Miller Tree Farm, Tetherow and Northwest Crossing. The Oregon Department of Forestry and Bend Fire Department will assist on the burn.

The other burn, Maintenance Burn Units 2G, is more remote. The burn will be located 5 miles north of Hole in the Ground and 22 miles southeast of La Pine. The 1,000 acre burn could take up to two days to complete. Smoke may temporarily degrade visibility along State Highway 31 and impact private residences near Fort Rock and Hole in the Ground.

POSTED: Monday, May 9, 2018
Firefighters on the Deschutes National Forest are planning ignitions south of Bend today and tomorrow. On Thursday, May 10, firefighters are planning ignitions on the 121 acres South Bend 446 unit located south of China Hat, approximately one mile south of the Back Nine Golf course and Woodside Ranch. On Friday, firefighters are planning ignitions on South Bend 137. The 250-acre unit is adjacent to Back Nine Golf course and will be visible from China Hat road. Burning in these units is designed to decrease hazardous fuels accumulations within the Wildland Urban Interface near to the city of Bend and surrounding values at risk to reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfire as well as reintroducing fire into a fire-adapted ecosystem.

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.

POSTED: Monday, May 7, 2018
On Tuesday, May 8, firefighters are planning ignitions on the 150 acre Bon East 2C unit located east of Sunriver on Forest Road 9720. Burning in this unit is designed to decrease hazardous fuels accumulations within the Wildland Urban Interface near to the city of Sunriver and surrounding values at risk to reduce the risk of high intensity wildfire as well as reintroducing fire into a fire adapted ecosystem.

Firefighters will take up to two days to ignite the 174 acre SAFR 126 unit approximately 3 ½ miles southwest of Sisters along Forest Road 15. This unit is directly north of the Milli Fire scar and across the road from the SAFR 124 units that have just been completed. Burning in this unit is designed to decrease hazardous fuels accumulations within the Wildland Urban Interface near the city of Sisters and surrounding communities and to reduce the risk of high intensity wildfire.

POSTED: Thursday, May 3, 2018
Given favorable weather conditions, Deschutes National Forest firefighters on the Sisters Ranger District plan to conduct a prescribed burn on Friday and Saturday, May 4-5.

Firefighters will take two days to ignite the 200-acre SAFR 124 unit approximately 3 ½ miles southwest of Sisters along Forest Road 15. This unit is directly north of the Milli Fire scar and 2 miles south of Crossroads subdivision. Burning in this unit is designed to decrease hazardous fuels accumulations within the Wildland Urban Interface near the city of Sisters and surrounding communities and to reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfire.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
If conditions remain favorable, firefighters on the Deschutes National Forest are planning ignitions south of Bend and east of Sunriver on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, May 3, firefighters are planning ignitions on the Bon units 6-8 totaling 140 acres located between Highway 97 and Abbot Pit. Bon units 13-14 are located between Abbot Pit and the Powerline Road south of Forest Road 9720 and are also scheduled for ignition on Thursday. On Friday, firefighters are planning to ignite Bon 15 and Lavacast 9 for a total of 69 acres. These units are located in the same area as Bon units 13 and 14.

POSTED: Monday, April 30, 2018
If conditions remain favorable, fire managers on the Sisters and Crescent Ranger District are planning to ignite prescribed burn on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 with ignitions beginning as early as 10:00 a.m. The burn on the Sisters District is scheduled for tomorrow, approximately 2 ½ miles west of Sisters, and ½ mile west of the Tollgate subdivision. The burn unit (SAFR NE 231) is 95 acres and should be completed in one day. Burning in this unit is designed to decrease hazardous fuels accumulations within the Wildland Urban Interface near to the city of Sisters and surrounding communities to reduce the risk of high intensity wildfire as well as improving wildlife habitat.

On the Crescent District, firefighters are planning several prescribed burns this week with two units tomorrow, totaling 143 acres. The RP 4070, 4075 and Nina 45 units are located approximately 13 miles southwest of Crescent along Forest Road 9751, south of Highway 58 and west of Highway 97. Burning is likely to continue through the week if conditions remain favorable in Nina units 39, 38, 44, 43 and 42 in the same location. These units fall within the Greater La Pine Basin Cohesive Strategy Project, a partner driven forest restoration project that aims to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire across public and private forested lands. The project was funded by the Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Initiative, which is a partnership between two USDA agencies – Natural Resources Conservation Service and the U.S. Forest Service – that reduces wildfire risk on both public and private forests in at-risk communities across the nation.

POSTED: Saturday, April 28, 2018
The Rimrock Trailhead and trail system on the Deschutes National Forest will reopen to the public today. The popular trailhead and trail system approximately one mile west of Bend on Cascade Lakes Highway was temporarily closed for a prescribed burn that occurred on Sunday, April 22. It has remained closed while firefighters monitored the burn area, cooled the hottest spots and removed overhead hazards along the trail. Although the area is opening again, visitors are cautioned to stay on the trails and keep dogs on leash because there are very likely hot spots in the burned areas that could injure individuals and pets.

POSTED: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Fuels specialists with the Sisters Ranger District on the Deschutes National Forest plan to do a prescribed burn across a 180-acre project area south of Sisters adjacent to Forest Road 16 (also known as Three Creek Lake Road) within a project area known as “SAFR” or the “Sisters Area Fuels Reduction” project. The goal of the SAFR project is to reduce the amount of forest fuels to minimize the potential for future high-intensity wildfires and increase defensible space, which will improve public safety during wildfires. On the Crescent Ranger District, firefighters will continue burning in Nina units 2 and 8, and RP 3090 approximately 10 miles south of Crescent. As always, precise wind and weather conditions must be met in order to execute these burns and if conditions change, these burns will be postponed.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
A 94-acre prescribed fire is scheduled for Shevlin Park Wednesday, April 25, and the park will be closed for the day. To maintain and restore forest health and reduce the potential negative effects of a severe wildfire in Shevlin Park, Bend Park and Recreation District is using prescribed fire as part of its vegetation management plan for the park. The prescribed fire area is located in the recently expanded area of Shevlin Park near the Tree Farm development. Signage is in place to inform park visitors about the fire and park closure. Staff will also be on-site at key trailheads to alert anyone about the fire and closure. The prescribed fire should be completed in a day or two. Once it is safe to reopen the park, signage will be removed and areas will be available for recreation.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Today, firefighters will be igniting a prescribed burn on unit COD #7, which is directly across Cascade Lakes Highway from the Rimrock Trailhead burn. Fire managers will be closing sections of the new paved path around the under crossing for public safety during operations. Also today, firefighters will be igniting a prescribed burn on the Sisters Ranger District, Met WUI 16 & 30, for a total of 229 acres. This unit is located approximately 1 ½ miles south of Camp Sherman Store and 4 miles north of Black Butte Ranch.

POSTED: Saturday, April 21, 2018
If conditions remain favorable, firefighters on the Deschutes National Forest plan to ignite a prescribed burn off at the Rimrock Trailhead one mile west of Bend on Sunday, April 22, 2018. Ignitions are scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. on Rimrock Rx, a 150 acre unit south of Cascade Lakes Highway in the area formerly known as “Good Dog” off-leash dog area. This will close the off-leash area for Sunday, April 22 while burning operations are taking place although no road closures are anticipated with this burn. Reintroducing fire into this area, adjacent to Bend, will reduce hazardous fuels accumulations within the Wildland Urban Interface near Bend and reintroduce fire into a ponderosa pine ecosystem.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
If conditions remain favorable, firefighters plan to ignite a prescribed burn off of China Hat Road on Tuesday, April 3. Ignitions are scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. on South Bend 141, a 150 acre unit south of Bend on the north and east side of China Hat Road from the private land property boundary to the powerline road. Burning in this unit is designed to reintroduce fire into a ponderosa pine ecosystem and reduce hazardous fuels accumulations.

POSTED: Monday, April 2, 2018
The first burn will take place on April 2, approximately 2 ½ miles west of Sisters, ½ mile west of the Tollgate subdivision and 1 mile north of Crossroads subdivision. The burn unit (SAFR NE 231) is 95 acres and should be completed in one day. Burning in this unit is designed to decrease hazardous fuels accumulations within the Wildland Urban Interface near to the city of Sisters and surrounding communities to reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfire as well as improving wildlife habitat.

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