JOHN DAY – Malheur National Forest officials say the mild winter may allow an early prescribed burn season this year.
Fire managers are evaluating conditions, with burning planned in several units.
The Blue Mountain Ranger District is continuing its hazardous fuels reduction program with pile burning and spring landscape prescribed burns in various areas. The pile burning may take place over the next few months on these units: County Road 18, Canyon Creek, Damon and Crawford.
Landscape burning this spring may include these units: Dairy on the Emigrant Creek Ranger District; Knox and Pine Creek, Prairie City Ranger District; and Crawford Creek, Balance, Damon, Starr and Canyon Creek, all on the Blue Mountain district.
The burning is done based on specific weather and vegetative conditions. The intent is to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires and restore forest health.