JOHN DAY – The Malheur National Forest will hold an informational open house about its prescribed fire program on Wednesday, May 13.
The event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Supervisor’s Office, 431 Patterson Bridge Road.
As part of the Malheur’s hazardous fuels reduction program, districts are conducting spring landscape prescribed burning in various areas.
Fire management staff encourage anyone interested in the program to attend. There will be an opportunity for questions and information will be available on all aspects, including the burn locations, methods, and reasons for using prescribed burns.
Prescribed burns are designed to both reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, as well as to restore overall health of the national forest system lands. They are an integral part of land management across the Malheur Forest, and each burn represents many hours of planning and preparation. Specific weather and vegetative conditions must be in place in order to conduct these burns.