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.