JOHN DAY, OR –Due to the unusually mild winter across the forest, fire managers are evaluating conditions for conducting prescribed burns earlier than in previous years.
As part of the Malheur National Forest’s hazardous fuels reduction program, the Blue Mountain Ranger District is continuing their pile burning projects, and each of the three districts will be conducting spring landscape prescribed burning in various areas on the forest.
Burns will take place over the next several months; exact days will vary depending on weather...
Ignitions are complete for approximately 2,000 acres total in the Knox unit of the Prairie City Ranger District, as well as the Crawford and 18 Road Corridor units on the Blue Mountain Ranger District.
Forest Officials are continuing to assess conditions for burning in the remaining units across the forest. Prescribed burns are weather dependant; timing of work on each unit will depend on weather and air quality.
Visitors can expect to see imtermittent smoke in each burn vacinity. Signs will be posted alerting visitors about upcoming burns. Forest visitors can expect to see engines and fire crews monitoring these fires until they are declared out.
To report a wildfire or to report theft or damage to government property, call the John Day Interagency Dispatch Center at 541-575-1321.