Fire officials are reporting favorable conditions for prescribed burning in various units on the forest this week.
Crews will begin ignitions of 270 acres in the Logan Valley area on the Prairie City Ranger District, as well as 400 acres in the 18 Road project area on the Blue Mountain Ranger District, on the Malheur National Forest.
Following that, crews look to accomplish 400 acres in the 16 Road unit on the Prairie City Ranger District, 500 acres in the Balance unit of Blue Mountain and 500 acres on the southern portion of the forest, Emigrant Creek Ranger District, in the Silvies Valley unit.
Prescribed fire is not planned into the weekend, as rain is forecast. Although, if conditions are in line, crews will continue to accomplish prescribed burns across the forest. Updates will be posted to the Forest’s Inciweb site throughout the season.
Prescribed burning is highly dependent on weather conditions. Conditions have to be within a narrow criteria window in order to use prescribed fire. Wind speed and direction, temperatures, relative humidity and fuel moistures are all taken into consideration.
There is a potential for impacts to camping and hunting. Any road and trail closures will go into effect prior to and during prescribed burn operations which typically take two to five days to complete. Hunters are advised to plan ahead. Use caution while traveling in areas of prescribed fire activity.
There is potential for smoke to settle in the area. For information on smoke and air quality in our area and across the state, visit oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.
Prescribed fires are an integral part of land management across the Malheur National Forest. Each of these prescribed burn operations represents many hours of planning and preparation. Specific weather and vegetative conditions must be in place in order to conduct these operations. Prescribed burns are designed to both reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires as well to restore overall health of the National Forest System lands.
Additional information on prescribed burning on the Malheur National Forest is available on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5139/# or by viewing the Prescribed Fire Activity Interactive map at http://arcg.is/2wUZIil.
For further information on the Malheur National Forest, visit fs.usda.gov/malheur or call 541-575-3000.
Additionally, on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Whitman Ranger District, 5,000 acres of prescribed burns are planned, including Foothills, 200 acres, four miles west of Baker City; Deer, 800 acres, one mile northeast of Sumpter; Little Dean, 700 acres, seven miles southeast of Sumpter; Mile 9, 500 acres, six miles northwest of Unity; Pine Valley, 600 acres, six miles north/northwest of Halfway; East Pine, 600 acres, six miles north of Halfway; Barnard, 1,000 acres, six miles northwest of Halfway; Greenhorn, 250 acres, one mile southeast of Greenhorn; Broman, 1,500 acres, eight miles northwest of Unity; and Sparta, 1,000 acres, 15 miles northeast of Baker City.