Malheur National Forest set to begin prescribed burning

John Day, Prairie City and Hines (Released by the US Forest Service)-Silvies 7 Prescribed burning is set to begin on approximately 423 acres on the Emigrant Creek Ranger District. This unit is in the Stancliffe Creek area off Forest Service Road 31 (T20 R31 sections 16,17 &9).

Ignitions are planned to begin Monday, May 22, 2023, weather conditions permitting. This prescribed burn will continue throughout the week. Firefighters will continue to monitor the area for several days after completion.

The public may see and smell smoke throughout the operations and are encouraged to use caution around the area.

Each prescribed burn is designated to accomplish specific objectives related to increasing forest health. Prescribed burns will be conducted only under appropriate conditions to ensure firefighter and public safety. Appropriate conditions include correct temperatures, wind, fuel moisture, and smoke weather forecast. When all these criteria are met, firefighters implement, monitor, and patrol the burn to ensure the forest health and public safety goals are met.

Prescribed fire information is available to the public on a tri-forest online map. The map is labeled and color-coded to show each burn unit’s status: planned, active, or completed. Additionally, forest users can view other features including current and past-year burn units, National Forest boundaries and State wildlife management boundaries.

For further information on the Malheur National Forest, please visit us at or call the Supervisor’s Office at 541-575-3000.