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 2016

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.

Fall prescribed burning program began September 26, 2016. Burning is being conducted to reduced hazardous fuels and improve forest health. Flames and smoke may be visible in prescribed burn units for several days following ignitions but all units will be patrolled by fire management personnel until they are declared out. Burning is scheduled to take place in the following locations:

  • Twin Meadows and Marion Forks areas of the Detroit Ranger District and throughout the Sweet Home Ranger District
  • Burning is planned within the City of Detroit and the Breitenbush and Devils Creek Summer Homes
  • Coy 6 and 7: T 10S R 6E Sec 10,11, Forest Service Road 2231-810, 60 acres
  • Deer 38: T 14S R 6E Sec 7, Forest Service Road 15 , 24 acres. This unit is adjacent to Browder Ridge trailhead, burning will not affect recreation or use of the trail but smoke may be visible from the trailhead.
  • Stray Dog 18: T 10S 6E Sec 9, Forest Service Road 2231-701, 40 acres. This unit is being burned in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Forestry and includes a small amount of the Santiam State Forest.  

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