Prescribed fire operations continue

Prescribed fire helps remove slash and debris fuel build-up on the Damon South Unit near Seneca in 2018. More prescribed burns are planned for fall 2019.

Officials continue to monitor conditions for prescribed fires on the Malheur National Forest.

Blue Mountain Ranger District will continue ignition this week on hand and machine piles, according to a press release. These piles are stacks of wooded debris left behind from either thinning or logging operations.

The smoke from the pile burning operations may be visible from Highway 395 and southwest of the town of Seneca. Smoke can also be expected in the vicinity of the Middle Fork of the John Day River.

Prairie City Ranger District planned to begin ignitions on Elk 16 M-1 unit (81 acres) just west of the 14 road and south of the 1410 road, as well as the Summit 3 and Summit 22A units, weather and conditions permitting.

Emigrant Creek Ranger District planned to begin some pile burning in the Devine Ridge/31 road area this week. Pile burning will continue as weather permits.

Prescribed fires are also planned on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

For the safety of firefighters and the public, roads and areas of prescribed fire activity will be signed. For safety, roads, trails and areas may need to close temporarily as firefighter operations are taking place.

Smoky conditions may also reduce visibility to a level that would require additional temporary closures. During prescribed fire operations, there is potential for impacts to camping and hunting. Hunters are advised to plan ahead. For their safety they should not camp in or near an area of prescribed fire activity.

All prescribed burn activity is weather and condition dependent.

With the potential for smoke to settle in certain areas during active operations, the public can monitor the smoke and air quality in the area and across the state by visiting oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.

Additional information regarding prescribed burning on the Malheur National Forest is available on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6299/ or by viewing the Prescribed Fire Activity interactive map at http://arcg.is/2wUZIil.

For more information, visit fs.usda.gov/malheur or call the Supervisor’s Office at 541-575-3000.

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