South Central Oregon Land Management Agencies to Start Prescribed Burning

Contact(s): Erica Hupp (541) 883-6715; Lisa Swinney (541) 947-6261


Lakeview, Oregon –Fire managers for the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Lakeview District and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Complex will start fall prescribed burning. This is an ongoing effort to reduce the potential of catastrophic wildfires and improve ecosystem health.

Prescribed burns are a proactive tool used to achieve a number of purposes, including the reduction of hazardous fuels (overgrown vegetation). Three general types of prescribed fire are pile burning, understory/underburning and broadcast burning. They all help decrease the threat of high intensity, high-severity wildfires; reduce the risk of insect and disease outbreak; recycle nutrients that increase soil productivity; and improve wildlife habitat.

Another benefit resulting from prescribed burns is a reduction in fire danger to communities. The Fremont-Winema National Forest, BLM and USFWS work in partnership with the National Park Service, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and adjacent landowners to improve the health of our public lands and reduce the threat of wildfire to local communities.

“There are several prescribed fire projects planned throughout Klamath and Lake Counties. These burn projects are important to reducethe buildup of hazardous fuelson the landscape and improve forest health,” said Barry Shullanberger, Interagency Fuels Specialist for the Fremont-Winema National Forest and BLM Lakeview District.

The actual days of ignition for these burn projects will depend on several factors including appropriate humidity levels, wind speed and direction, temperature, and fuel moisture. Burns only occur on days when the ODF Smoke Management Office indicates suitable weather conditions exist for smoke dispersal.

“Large wildfires that occur in summer often trap smoke in populated valleys for an extended period. Since one of the major reasons for prescribed burning is to eliminate hazardous fuels in the forest, it makes sense to ignite small, controlled fires during times when the smoke will not likely impact local communities,” said Shullanberger. “Then, when wildfires typically occur, there will be less forest fuel available for wildfires.”

Fire crews divide large landscape burns into blocks of land over multiple days. This allows them to halt prescribed burning activity within those areas if anything is out of prescription, such as too much wind. Crews can start again when conditions are more acceptable. Fire managers create a burn plan, which includes smoke management details, fire control measures, acceptable weather parameters, and equipment and personnel needs. The burn plan also describes in detail how the ecosystem will benefit from fire.

Please do not call 911 about burning in the areas referred below. Local law enforcement is aware of these burning activities. For specific prescribed burn information, please call the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center (LIFC) at 541-947-6315 or visit:

http://www.scofmp.org/lifc.shtml

Facebook.com/scofmpfireinfo

Twitter.com/scofmpfireinfo

On these Web sites, the public can find out what agencies are currently conducting prescribed burns, the location of active burns, residual smoke and planned burns and fiscal year-to-date prescribed burning statistics.

 

Possible burn locations for the fall of 2014 include:

 

 

 FREMONT-WINEMA NATIONAL FOREST

 

Bly Ranger District

Approximately 2,000 acres of prescribed burning is planned for the Juniper Mountain Project area located 20 miles Southeast of Bly, Oregon, in the Tull Reservoir area. An additional 1,500 acres are scheduled to be burned within the South Fork Project area, which is 15 miles east of Bly in the Coleman Rim area. Pile burning is planned on 500 acres within the Barnes/Long Project area 10 miles southeast of Bly in the Barnes Valley area. For further information, please contact the Bly Ranger District at 541-353-2427.

 

Chemult Ranger District

Approximately 1,100 acres of underburning is planned in the Desert Old Growth allocation located approximately 14 miles southwest of Chemult, Oregon, near the Crater Lake National Park boundary and an additional 400 acres of pile burning will  take place in various locations throughout the District. For further information, please contact the Chemult Ranger District at 541-365-7001.

 

Chiloquin Ranger District

Roughly 300 acres of prescribed burning and 500 acres of piles burning are planned in the Ninemile Project area located nine miles east of Chiloquin, Oregon, adjacent to the Sprague River Road. Pile burning will take place in the Applegate Butte and Crawford Butte area roughly 10 miles northeast of Chiloquin. For additional information, please contact the Chiloquin Ranger District at 541-783-4001.

 

Klamath Ranger District

Sixty acres of prescribed burning is planned near the Odessa community, which is located near Rocky Point, Oregon. Another 40 acres of prescribed burning is planned for the Dry Creek area which is 10 miles northwest of Fort Klamath, Oregon. An additional 265 acres of pile burning will take place in the Lake of the Woods and south of Mountain Lake Estates. For additional information, please contact the Klamath Ranger District at 541-883-6714.

 

Lakeview Ranger District

Around 1,200 acres of underburning is planned for the Burnt Willow Project area, east of Lakeview, Oregon, and another 800 acres is planned west of Drews Reservoir in the West Drews Project area. Pile burning will take place in various locations throughout the District. For additional information, please contact the Lakeview Ranger District at 541-947-3334.

 

Winter Rim Zone

Nearly 2,000 acres of underburning is planned in the Ben Young Creek area, which is 17 miles south of Paisley, Oregon. Pile burning is planned in various locations throughout the Paisley Ranger District (1,000 acres) and Silver Lake Ranger District (500 acres). For additional information, please contact the Winter Rim Zone at 541-943-3114.

 

 

 LAKEVIEW DISTRICT BLM

 

Lakeview Resource Area

Roughly 1,500 acres of prescribed burning is planned for cut juniper within the Bridge Creek, Green Mountain, Highway 31 and Silver Creek areas in North Lake County. An additional 6,000 acres of prescribed burning is planned for cut juniper within the South Warner Project area, located 20 miles east of Lakeview, Oregon, and five miles southwest of Adel, Oregon. For additional information, please contact the Lakeview Resource Area at 541-947-2177.

 

Klamath Falls Resource Area

Approximately 1,600 acres of prescribed burning is planned for the Klamath Falls Resource Area: 100 acres of pile burning scattered throughout the resource area from west of Keno, Oregon to southeast of Gerber Reservoir; 200 acres of underburning near the Klamath River Canyon located approximately 16 miles southwest of Klamath Falls, Oregon; 500 acres of pile burning near Bly Mountain and Horton Rim located about half way between Klamath Falls and Bly, Oregon, south of Highway 140 east; 138 acres of pile burning on the south side of the Keno Warden road between Warden and Keno, Oregon; and  700 acres of pile burning approximately 15 miles southeast of Bonanza, Oregon. For more information, please contact the Klamath Resource Area at 541-883-6916.

 

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE

 

Sheldon/Hart National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Approximately 710 acres of cut juniper will be burned in the Poker Jim area of Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. Other targeted projects include a 192 acre broadcast burn at the Indian Springs Meadow and 30 acres broadcast burn at the Hot Springs Campground. Most of the planned burning on Hart Mountain is approximately 8 to 10 miles east of Plush, Oregon. For more information, please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Office at 541-947-3315.





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