The Malheur National Forest fire staff will evaluate conditions to initiate prescription fire operations in the Damon project area, located on the Blue Mountain Ranger District, as soon as today, Thursday, May 10, according to a press release. If conditions meet criteria for prescribed fire, crews will start ignitions on 1,000 acres in the Damon Unit 10, located near Swick Old Growth.

The Baker River Interagency Hotshot Crew from Washington State will be on forest assisting with the operations. The community of John Day may notice increased activity of Forest Service vehicles in the area for the next 10 days, as crews travel to and from the Forest and are in town resupplying and purchasing fuel.

The increased use of prescribed fire, implemented under conditions that pose minimal ecological and social risk, is an important tool in helping the Malheur National Forest meet the goals of forest restoration, the release states.

For more information on all prescribed fire activity on the Malheur National Forest, visit InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5139.

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