Detroit Ranger District to begin prescribed burns

Detroit, OR (Oct. 3, 2018) -- Detroit Ranger District is preparing for its fall prescribed burns which may continue until late November. Burning is scheduled to begin Thursday, October 4, at Coy 11, a 32 acre unit off the 2233 (McCoy)-010 Rd., and will continue for the next several days as conditions allow. Prescribed burn operations will be initiated as weather patterns shift to cooler temperatures and wetter conditions. Wind speed and direction, temperature, relative humidity and measurable moisture in vegetation are all taken into consideration. Public notice of specific burn times may only come 24 hours in advance, and oftentimes, the morning of the burn as prescribed burning is dependent upon weather conditions.

“The smoke from the burn may be visible from Idanha and Hwy 22,” said Willamette National Forest Hand Crew Supervisor Jonah Gladney. “We anticipate smoke impacts to be minimal, and necessary signage will be posted.”

Prescribed burning reduces hazardous fuels which protects human communities from extreme fires; minimizes the spread of pest insects and disease; removes unwanted species that threaten species native to an ecosystem; provides forage for game; improves habitat for threatened and endangered species; recycles nutrients back to the soil; and promotes the growth of trees, wildflowers, and other plants.

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