PRAIRIE CITY – (Press Release from the Malheur National Forest)
Summit 13 Prescribed burning is set to begin on approximately 1,504 acres on the Prairie City Ranger District. This unit is south of Summit Prairie along Forest Service Road 1651.
Ignitions are planned to begin Thursday, May 25, 2023, weather conditions permitting. This prescribed burn will continue throughout the week and may include portions of the approximately 2,179 acres Summit 12 unit, located adjacent to Summit 13. 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.
Daily updates can be found at https://www.facebook.com/MalheurNationalForest.
For further information on the Malheur National Forest, please visit us at
www.fs.usda.gov/malheur or call the Supervisor’s Office at 541-575-3000.