JOHN DAY – Prescribed burning resumed Tuesday on the northern half of the Malheur National Forest, on the Prairie City and Blue Mountain ranger districts.

About 2,500 acres are earmarked for treatment during the week.

In the Prairie City District, crews will continue to work in the Knox treatment unit in the southeast corner of the district east of the 16 Road. On Blue Mountain, crews are planning landscape burns in the Damon North project area,; near Pearson Creek and two miles east of Swick Old Growth. Blue Mountain crews will also be burning the 18 Road Unit this week.

The burn days will depend on weather conditions. Helicopters may be used for ignitions in larger units.

Forest users should drive with caution and expect intermittent smoke along roads and heavy traffic from fire crews in the burn unit vicinity. Signs will be posted about the burns, and forest visitors can expect to see engines and fire crews monitoring these fires until they are declared “out.”

Prescribed fires are an integral part of land management across the Malheur National Forest, as a tool to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires and help restore overall health of the forest lands.

Maps of the burn units and updates are available at Malheur National Forest offices and online at www.fs.usda.gov/malheur.

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