Pile burning continues on Malheur National Forest

By on Wednesday, November 16th, 2022 in Eastern/Southeast Oregon News Featured Stories

JOHN DAY, PRAIRIE CITY & HINES -(Press release from the Malheur National Forest)

Conditions across the Forest continue to be favorable to accomplish pile burning. With snow surrounding the target areas, fire officials have determined that it is safe to continue operations.

For this week, beginning November 14th, 2022:

The Prairie City Ranger District intends to continue pile burning south of the 62 and 16 road junction. Then they will move to the Black Butte burn area near Forest Service Road 16851. The Forest Service Fire Staff is in communication with the landowners in the area.

Recent forecasts continue to show favorable conditions throughout the District. With snow on the ground and the light winds, the potential for fire to spread is minimal. Residual smoke is expected in some of the units dependent on the size of the piles being burned. Patrols will continue to be out monitoring smoke and spread.

Smoky conditions may be present and reduce visibility. Please use caution while driving in affected areas.

 All pile burning activity is weather and condition dependent.

With the potential for smoke to settle in certain areas during active operations, the public can monitor the smoke and air quality in our area and across the state by visiting http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/.

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.