Prescribed Burning in Progress

Prescribed Burning locations across Central Oregon

With the arrival of favorable weather conditions, fire managers on the Deschutes National Forest will begin igniting prescribed burns and handpiles 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: Sunday, November 3, 2019

Fire managers are planning to ignite a prescribed understory burn this week on Tuesday 11/5/19 and Wednesday 11/6/19 on the Deschutes National Forest. Prescribed burning will help maintain the ponderosa pine ecosystem by reducing heavy accumulation of ground fuels and improving habitat for native plants and wildlife.

The prescribed burn unit is 700 acres and part of the Deadlog project area on the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District. It is located approximately 28 miles east of La Pine, near the junction of Forest Roads 22 and 23. Ignition will begin on Tuesday, November 5 and is expected to continue into Wednesday, November 6. Smoke may temporarily impact Forest Roads 18 and 22, as well as private residences near Fort Rock and Hole in the Ground.

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.

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 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: October 31, 2019
Fire managers plan to burn ten acres of handpiles within the West Bend project area near Bend this week. The unit is located along the C.O.D. trail near junction 20, about a half-mile east of the Cascade Lakes Welcome Station. The trail will remain open, but smoke may linger for a few days - please stay on the trail and keep dogs on a leash when passing by these smoldering areas, as the ground will be too hot for paws, boots or tires. Signs will be posted advising visitors of prescribed fire operations.

Posted: October 30, 2019
Fire managers on the Deschutes National Forest plan to ignite a prescribed understory burn near Crescent today, Wednesday, October 30. The burn will help restore and maintain the fire-adapted ponderosa pine forest ecosystem.

The units being burned are 23 acres in the Marsh project area. They are located approximately 12 miles west of Crescent and 0.5 miles east of Camp Makuala (on the south shore of Crescent Lake). Smoke may be visible from Highways 97 and 58. Burning in the Marsh units may continue into Thursday, if needed. Firefighters will continue to patrol the burn through the following week and as needed until the fire is declared out.

Posted: October 25, 2019
Fire managers on the Deschutes National Forest plan to ignite a prescribed understory burn near Crescent on Monday, October 28. The burn will help restore and maintain the fire-adapted ponderosa pine forest ecosystem. The B-19 prescribed burn unit is 57 acres. It is located approximately 6 miles south of Crescent, Ore. and 1.5 miles east of Highway 97. The unit is 2.5 miles north of the Highways 97 and 58 junction, along Forest Road 9756.

Posted: October 22, 2019
Fuels specialists will begin burning piles in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument this week. The pile units are visible along Forest Road 21 near East Lake and Paulina Lake. There are 142 acres of hand, machine, and landing piles to be burned. The material is residual slash from hazard tree harvest operations. Pile burning in this area is expected to continue for several weeks.

Posted: October 16, 2019
Fire managers on the Deschutes National Forest plan to ignite a prescribed understory burn near Crescent today, Wednesday, October 16. The burn will help restore and maintain the fire-adapted ponderosa pine forest ecosystem. The B-12 prescribed burn unit is 57 acres. It is located approximately 6 miles south of Crescent, Ore. and 1.5 miles east of Highway 97. The unit is 2.5 miles north of the Highways 97 and 58 junction, along Forest Road 9760.

Posted: October 15, 2019
A 72-acre prescribed fire is complete in Shevlin Park which was implemented on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 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. BPRD reintroduced prescribed fire to Shevlin Park in 2017 and has burned 150 acres total in the past two years.

The prescribed fire area is located in two areas. First, a 40-acre unit is in the newly expanded portion of Shevlin Park that was a former tree farm. In addition, 22 acres in the Fremont Meadow area on the other side of Tumalo Creek will be burned. 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 Deschutes National Forest will lead the burn with support and assistance from the park district’s Natural Resources team. Other partners include Bend Fire Department, Project Wildfire, Deschutes County and Central Oregon Community College.

Posted: October 10, 2019
Fire managers on the Deschutes National Forest plan to ignite a prescribed understory burn near Crescent today. The burn will help restore and maintain the fire-adapted ponderosa pine forest ecosystem. The B-11 prescribed burn unit is 120 acres. It is located approximately 6 miles south of Crescent, Ore. and 1.5 miles east of Highway 97. The unit is 2.5 miles north of the Highways 97 and 58 junction, along Forest Roads 9760 and 260. Smoke may be visible from these roadways. The low to moderate intensity prescribed fire will restore and maintain healthy forest conditions and reduce the buildup of hazardous fuel loading. Signs will be posted to alert drivers of the prescribed fire project area and smoky conditions.

Posted: October 5, 2019
Fire managers on the Deschutes National Forest plan to ignite three prescribed burn units on Monday and Tuesday of next week. These prescribed fires will be understory burns to restore and maintain the fire-adapted ecosystem. The East Maintenance Prescribed Burn (627 acres) is located on the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District, approximately 5 miles north of Cabin Lake and 20 miles east of La Pine, near the junction of Forest Roads 22 and 18. Smoke may temporarily degrade visibility along these roads. Private residences near Fort Rock and Hole in the Ground may be impacted by smoke. The RP 815 Prescribed Burn (50 acres) is located on the Crescent Ranger District, approximately 6 miles south of Crescent and 1.5 miles east of Highway 97, along Forest Road 9760. Smoke may be visible from Highways 97 and 58. Warning signs will be in place on roadways where precautions may be necessary. The SAFR Prescribed Burn (104 acres) is located on the Sisters Ranger District, approximately 2.5 miles northwest of Sisters, between Highways 20 and 242 and adjacent to Forest Road 1012. Smoke will be visible from Sisters and surrounding communities, including Tollgate, Crossroads, and Cascade Meadow Ranch. Smoke may settle in these areas overnight and early morning.

Posted: October 3, 2019
In a continuation of recent prescribed burn projects, fire managers on the Ochoco National Forest are planning to ignite juniper jackpots on 1,000 acres near Prineville, Ore. as early as next week. The Old Dry Creek prescribed burn project is located about eight miles northeast of Prineville, about one mile southeast of McKay Creek, and four miles west of Mill Creek. See attached map or visit: http://www.centraloregonfire.org/what-is-prescribed-fire/when-where-prescribed-fire-smoke/ This type of prescribed fire, known as “jackpot burning,” addresses high concentrations of naturally-occurring or thinning-related downed woody debris. Firefighters will be burning individual concentrations of downed juniper trees leftover from a large thinning project that was undertaken in coordination with Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and under an agreement with adjacent private landowners. Firefighters also plan to burn around 100 acres of juniper jackpots next week in the HEJ project area, just north of Big Summit Prairie on both sides of Forest Service Road 22.

Posted: October 2, 2019
Fire and fuels specialists will begin burning slash piles across the Deschutes National Forest as fall weather brings more moisture, shorter days and cooler temperatures. Beginning this week and continuing through the next few months, fuel management specialists will burn a variety of pile units on the Sisters, Bend-Ft. Rock and Crescent Ranger Districts. Smoke from these pile burns may be visible at a distance.

Pile burning differs from other forms of prescribed burn because it involves igniting by hand piles of vegetation, created during thinning or other types of fuel reduction work after the vegetation has had an opportunity to dry out. The dried vegetation in the piles burns hot and clean and does not produce the amount of smoke that understory burns (prescribed fires) produce. Understory burns are also ignited by hand, but the goal is to burn green vegetation across a broad area. Both pile and understory burning are important tools that reduce hazardous fuels and restore forests to healthier conditions.

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