JOHN DAY - As part of the Malheur National Forest's Hazardous Fuels Reduction Program, Blue Mountain Ranger District fire crews are scheduled to begin prescribed burns this week in two units. Prescribed burns are weather dependent and exact dates will vary.

The 1,200 acre, Antelope 2 unit is located about seven miles northeast of Seneca in the Antelope Valley area.

The second prescribed burn unit, known as Balance, is 600 acres and is located along County Road 20 near Horse Creek.

Maps are available for the public at all Malheur National Forest offices.

Prescribed burning is an effective way to remove woody debris, provide ecosystem benefits and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. 

Burning may have some short-term impacts on air quality levels, but any burning activity will be accomplished during weather conditions that should minimize impacts of smoke on local communities.

For further information, contact officials at 541-575-3000. To report a wildfire, call the John Day Interagency Dispatch Center at 541-575-1321.

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