Prescribed Burning for a Healthier Forest and Safer Community

Prescribed Burning for a Healthier Forest and Safer Community

We share our community's concerns regarding health, visibility, and livability related to smoke produced by prescribed fires. And we know that prescribed burns are a critical step in forest restoration. Research shows that in addition to sustaining important forest ecosystem functions, prescribed burning significantly reduces the likelihood of wildfires, the kind that means danger for our communities and hazardous air for weeks at a time, similar to what we experienced this summer.

As temperatures decline and humidity levels rise, the Fall prescribed burning season will begin to take shape across various portions of the Deschutes National Forest this week. Prescribed burns make our forests more resilient, create homes for a diversity of wildlife, and keep our community safer from future wildfire.

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10/10/17 Pile Burning Begins at Higher Elevations on the Forest

The Deschutes National Forest fuels specialists plan to ignite approximately slash piles along Cascade Lakes Highway near Wanoga, Mt. Bachelor and Elk Lake beginning tomorrow. Ignitions are expected to take place for the rest of the week.Smoke from these piles could be visible from Bend and could last into next week. Please do not report smoke from these slash piles. Fuels specialists continue to monitor piles until they are declared out.

10/05/17 Crescent District Begins Prescribed Burning Friday

Additional Prescribed Burn Planned Near Indian Ford Campground Saturday

If conditions remain favorable, fuels specialists on the Crescent District are planning a prescribed burn tomorrow south of Crescent and 1 mile west of the Highway 97/Highway 58 junction.

The two units slated for ignition are Nina 8 and RP 3095 and ignitions on the combined 62 acres should only take on day. No closures are associated with these ignitions.

On Saturday, fuels specialists on the Sisters Ranger District are scheduled to conduct two prescribed burns adjacent to Indian Ford Campground on either side of Indian Ford Creek. IFR units 36 and 44 are both planned for ignition for a total of 123 acres, and if conditions are favorable, these two units should be completed in one day.

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. While there are no road closures anticipated with either burn, drivers may experience smoke impacts on nearby roads. Motorists should slow down, turn on headlights, and proceed with caution.Residences and businesses near these burn areas are advised to keep their windows and doors closed during the night hours to minimize any potential smoke impacts.

Residences and businesses near these burn areas are advised to keep their windows and doors closed during the night hours to minimize any potential smoke impacts.

Fuels specialists follow policies outlined in the Oregon Department of Forestry smoke management plan, which governs 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/, visit the Deschutes Forest Service website at www.fs.usda.gov/deschutes or follow them on twitter @CentralORFire.

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