Emigrant Creek Ranger District implements spring prescribed burns

Justin Willingham, a volunteer with the Pilot Rock Fire Department, uses a drip torch to light the edges of a grassy hillside during a controlled burn. The Malheur National Forest is conducting a prescribed burn on the Emigrant Creek Ranger District Wednesday and will be evaluating conditions for more prescribed burning over the next several months.

Fire management officials on the Emigrant Creek Ranger District of the Malheur National Forest have evaluated conditions and plan to begin ignition on 2,000 acres in the Dairy project (Nicoll Ridge) area Wednesday, May 3, according to a press release.

As part of the hazardous fuels reduction program, each of the three Malheur districts are preparing for landscape prescribed burning in various areas on the forest over the next several months as conditions are favorable.

Exact days will vary depending on weather. Conditions must 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.

Prescribed fires are an integral part of land management across the Malheur. Each of these burns represents many hours of planning and preparation. Prescribed burns are designed to both reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires and to restore overall health of the forest lands.

Updates and maps of prescribed burns will be posted on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5139.

Additional information on prescribed burning is available on the Forest website at fs.usda.gov/malheur or at any forest office.

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