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 across our area over the next few weeks. This will include several high-visibility burns around Sisters, Bend, La Pine, and Sunriver, Oregon.
Posted: June 14, 2021
Sisters: A small 2-acre burn, located approximately 8 miles south of Sisters will occur on Tuesday, June 15th to allow first-year firefighters and other support personnel to experience a live-fire exercise as a part of their training. Smoke will be visible to residents of Sisters and people traveling through Sisters.
The exercise is the final activity of annual fire training called “Guard School,” which is required of all first-year firefighters and other support personnel. The live-fire exercise will include trainees from the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, Prineville District BLM, Sunriver Fire Department, Cloverdale Fire Department, and Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Department.
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.
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.
The West Bend Project
Over the past couple of years, close to 1965 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: June 9, 2021
Fuel specialists will conduct a prescribed burn northeast of La Pine today to allow for firefighter training. Crews will underburn approximately 20-50 acres along Forest Service Road (FSR) 21, northeast of La Pine and east of U.S. Highway (Hwy) 97.
Posted: June 6, 2021
Fuel specialists with the Deschutes National Forest will be conducting a prescribed burn Monday, June 7th on approximately five to ten acres southwest of Sunriver. The project is located west of the Deschutes River and north of Forest Service Road (FSR) 40 within the Wildland-Urban Interface of Sunriver.
Posted: May 13, 2021
Bend: Friday, May 14, fire crews will conduct a prescribed fire on a portion of the High Desert Museum's 135 acres, in partnership with the Deschutes National Forest. Due to this activity, the Museum will be closed for the day. Successful partnerships with private landowners are a valuable component to reaching our goal of reducing wildfire fuels adjacent to our homes, business, and cultural community treasures like the High Desert Museum!
Posted: May 11, 2021
Crescent: Crews will underburn approximately 44 acres Wednesday, May 12, located three miles south of the Two Rivers community near Crescent along Forest Service Road (FSR) 5835-405. Smoke may be visible from the Two Rivers community and surrounding areas during operations. Due to expected smoke impacts along State Route 58 and U.S. Highway 97, the area will be monitored, and warning signs will be in place where precautions may be necessary.
Posted: May 9, 2021
Bend: Located near Century Drive in Bend and within the Phil’s Trail and Welcome Station areas, for a total of approx. 375 acres. The area for the prescribed burns includes portions of Ticket to Ride, COD-Alt, COD-Paint It Black, and COD-Rock Stacker, which will be closed during fire operations. Forest Service Road 4604 also will be closed along with several smaller Forest Service Roads.
Sisters: On Monday 5/10 and Tuesday 5/11, fuel specialists will conduct prescribed burning operations to approximately 147 acres, located 7 miles south of Sisters adjacent to Forest Service Road (FSR) 16 and near Melvin Butte. These burns were planned for last week but were not completed due to weather. Smoke will be visible from Highway 20 between Sisters and Bend, Highway 126 between Sisters and Redmond, and in the Sister’s area.
Posted: May 3, 2021
Bend: Tuesday, 5/4 fuel specialists with the Deschutes National Forest with assistance from Bend Fire and Rescue and the Oregon Department of Forestry will conduct prescribed fire operations on both national forest and private lands southeast of Bend.
Crescent: Tuesday, 5/4, crews will underburn approximately 22 acres, located 11 miles southwest of Crescent adjacent to the Two Rivers Subdivision. Ignitions are planned to begin at 10 a.m. U.S. Highway 97 and State Route 58 will be monitored for smoke impacts and warning signs will be in place if needed.
Posted: April 28, 2021
Sisters: Thursday 4/29 and Friday 4/30, fuel specialists will underburn approximately 228 acres three miles north of Camp Sherman. The treatments will be conducted adjacent to FSR 1420. Smoke is likely to be visible from U.S. Highway 20 in the Camp Sherman area and other high points surrounding the community of Sisters during operations.
Posted: April 27, 2021
Bend: Wednesday, April 28th, fuel specialists with the Deschutes National Forest in coordination with the Bend Park and Recreation District (BPRD) will conduct prescribed fire operations to 66 acres within Shevlin Park on the northwest side of Bend.
Posted: April 18, 2021
Crescent: continuing for a few days, multiple prescribed fire treatments will be conducted to approximately 260 acres south of Crescent. La Pine: fuel specialists with the Deschutes National Forest will conduct a prescribed burn on approximately 90 acres of national forest lands located seven miles west of La Pine along both sides of Burgess Road (County Road 43). This burn will complete the unit, which they started this past Friday.
Posted: April 14, 2021
Favorable weather allowed for multiple prescribed burns across Central Oregon this week. Bend: Located south of the Phil’s Trail recreation area west of Bend. The project area includes portions of KGB, COD, and Marvin’s Garden trails, which will be closed during fire operations. Forest Service Road 4604 will also be closed along with several smaller Forest Service Roads. Sisters: Located approx. 3 miles southwest of Sisters along FS Road 1505. The prescribed burns will occur in the Sisters Area Fuels Reduction (SAFR) project area for a total of about 600 acres over the next few days. La Pine: Located 7 miles west of La Pine along both sides of Burgess Road (County Road 43). During the operations, smoke will be visible to La Pine residents and the surrounding area, including the subdivisions of Wild River and Ponderosa Estates.
Posted: April 7, 2021
Beginning April 8th, fuel specialists with the Deschutes National Forest will conduct prescribed fire operations on approximately 400 acres, 6 miles west of Pine Mountain and 17 miles southeast of Bend near the junction of Forest Service Road (FSR) 18 and FSR 1825. OHV trails 12 and 28 will be temporarily closed during prescribed fire operations.
Posted: March 30, 2021
East of Bend: This week, fuel specialists with the Deschutes National Forest will conduct prescribed fire operations approximately 5 miles west of Pine Mountain near Forest Road 25 OHV Staging area for up to three days. OHV trails 10, 12, and 28 will be temporarily closed during prescribed fire operations. The plan is to underburn approximately 1,000 acres with ignitions lasting up to 3 days.
South of Crescent: About 3 miles northeast of the U.S. Highway 97 and Oregon Route 58 junction, fire crews will underburn approximately 217 acres across two units with ignitions lasting two days. Smoke may be visible from U.S. Highway 97 before the junction with Oregon Route 58. Both roadways will be monitored for smoke impacts and warning signs will be in place where precautions may be necessary. Smoke will be visible in the area for up to two weeks post ignition.
Posted: January 6, 2021
As conditions remain favorable, firefighters on the Deschutes National Forest plan to ignite several burn piles west of Sunriver and La Pine over the next few weeks. The piles are made up of material left over from thinning projects designed to reduce hazardous fuels in the area and reduce the risk of a wildfire moving into nearby subdivisions. While smoke may be visible from nearby subdivisions or roads, no road closures are anticipated. Areas will be signed announcing the prescribed burning.
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.