BURNS/HINES, OR-Fire officials continue to monitor conditions for prescribed fire operations daily.
Emigrant Creek Ranger District – will continue work on Wolf F located in the Magpie Table area. Fire crews will be patrolling Silvies 7, located south of the Silvies River and west of National Forest Road 31.
Prairie City Ranger District will be patrolling Elk 16 IB.
Blue Mountain Ranger District is continuing to Monitor conditions to begin ignitions. If conditions are favorable fire crews will begin with ignitions on the following units: Starr 31, 32, & 33
Fuels have lost moisture over the long, hot summer. Burning under dry fuels conditions allows the fuels to potentially consume more completely and produce less smoke.
For the safety of firefighters and the public, roads and areas of prescribed fire activity will be signed. Please avoid these areas so as not to interfere with ongoing operations. For safety, roads, trails and areas may need to close temporarily as firefighter operations are taking place. Smoky conditions may also reduce visibility to a level that would require additional temporary closures. During prescribed fire operations, there is potential for impacts to camping and hunting. Hunters are advised to plan ahead; for their safety, they should not camp in or near an area of prescribed fire activity.
All prescribed burn 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/.
Additional information regarding prescribed burning on the Malheur National Forest is available on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7426, or by viewing the Prescribed Fire Activity interactive map at USFS R6 Tri-Forest Prescribed Fire Map.
For further information on the Malheur National Forest, please visit us atwww.fs.usda.gov/malheur or call the Supervisor’s Office at 541-575-3000.