As part of the Malheur National Forest’s hazardous fuels reduction program, districts across the forest are preparing for 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.
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.
Fire officials ask that the public uses caution when traveling in the burned area. Be alert for hazards such as snag trees, slick ash, and erosion. Hazard tree removal has been done along road right of ways. During wind events, an increase in snags falling may occur within the burn perimeter.
As part of a larger effort to reduce invasive species on national forest lands the US Forest Service now requires the use of weed-free feed within all Pacific Northwest National Forest land (2009). Weed free feed includes commercially processed pellets, steamed and rolled grains, or state certified weed-free feed. To view the planning documents associated with this order, including the Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision, visit the Regional Invasive Plant Website or more information visit the Regional Weed Free Feed Website.