Prescribed Fire in Wilderness

Firefighters lighting fire in understoryWhat we’re proposing

The Willamette National Forests is proposing to burn some selected areas in  the Mt. Washington Wilderness.

The entire project area will not be burned and when completed there will be a mosaic of burned and unburned vegetation across the landscape.

Why?

  • To protect wilderness values
  • To improve firefighter and public safety
  • To reduce risk from wildfire to infrastructure and natural resources outside the wilderness.

The prescribed fires would create breaks in the continuous vegetation, resulting in conditions that could improve opportunities to allow lightning-caused fires play their natural role in the wilderness.

When?

  • We completed 2 rounds of scoping, the first round in early 2013 and the second round during summer 2014.
  • We posted signs at project area trailheads (summer/fall 2012 and 2013) asking for your thoughts and comments.
  • You can follow and comment on the project throughout the NEPA process (starting January, 2013)
  • The environmental analysis will be out for public comment during winter 2014/15.
  • We would burn the project area once a decision is made and on the ground conditions are right (earliest: Fall 2015)

Questions? 

  • Scott Mountain Project Area (Mt. Washington Wilderness):
    • Matt Peterson, Project Team Leader
      Willamette National Forest, 541-225-6421