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.
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.
UPDATE: 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.
UPDATE: 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.
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.
Keep up with prescribed burns in Central Oregon by visiting this live map: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/webmaps/deschutes/cofms-rxfire/