Prescribed Fire

What is Prescribed Fire?

photo of forest service worker lighting an underburn in a timber sale area near Blue River Reservoir

A prescribed fire or burn is one we ignite in a carefully planned and controlled setting to improve forest health. When we burn depends on weather and fuel conditions. Through careful planning, we minimize smoke impacts to air quality.

Prescribed fire specialists may spend years planning a burn. They work very closely with wildlife biologists, foresters, hydrologists, and other resource managers, as well as adjacent landowners and interested stakeholders.

Why Do We Burn?

  • To cost-effectively reduce hazardous fuels and decrease risks of intense, damaging wildfire
  • To improve firefiighters' ability to protect homes and lives
  • To maintain and improve ecosystem health
  • To promote the regeneration of plants after logging which benefits wildlife

Learn more about the role of prescribed fire from the “Art of Burning Across Landscapes” video.

Video brought to you by the BLM Lakeview District, Fremont-Winema National Forest and Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge.


Prescribed Burns Planned for 2014

We usually do Spring prescribed burns in May and June and Fall burns from late August through October. The actual date depends on local weather conditions. You can expect light to moderate smoke in areas near prescribed burning.

  • Exact dates depend on weather and conditions. We don't know until the day before.
  • How to find out when & where:

Detroit Ranger District

  • Spring
    • No information
  • Fall
    • Please check with district

Sweet Home Ranger District

  • Spring
    • No spring burns planned at this time
  • Fall
    • Browder Ridge Unit 5, approximately 18 acres.  Location: T14S., R6E., Section 8
      Some time between September - November exact date to be determined
    • Pile Burning Schedule
      Drainages and general location where we will be burning piles between September and December:
      • Ethyl Creek: T13S R6E
      • Hackleman Creek: T13S R6E
      • Holman Creek: T13S R5E
      • Fall Creek: T14S R4E/R3E
      • Owl Creek: T15S R4E
      • Browder Creek: T14S R6E
      • Jude Creek: T12S R5E
      • Park Creek: T13S R6E

McKenzie River Ranger District

  • Fall - Please contact the district

Middle Fork Ranger District

  • Spring Burning:
    • No information 
  • Fall Burning:
    • Please check with district