Pile burning planned near Eagle Crest

POSTED: 12:58 PM PST December 11, 2012 
REDMOND, Ore. -

With favorable weather conditions predicted for the rest of the week, fuels specialists from the Prineville BLM will continuing to burn several areas located on public land near Eagle Crest Resort and along Cline Falls Highway.

Burning will begin December 12th, and is expected to continue for approximately three days, depending on weather conditions.

This material is leftover from a thinning project designed to reduce the risk of wildfire moving from BLM-administered lands onto private lands in this area.

This project was designed to meet objectives outlined in the Redmond Community Wildfire Protection Plan, which identifies a variety of actions that private and public land owners can take to reduce wildfire risk.

Smoke will be visible to local residents and motorists traveling along Cline Falls Highway, and around Eagle Crest and other local roads.

No road closures are expected; however, signs will be placed to warn motorists of the prescribed burn activity.

Smoke is expected to dissipate quickly to minimize impacts to local residences. In the event that smoke settles in along roadways, motorists should reduce speeds and turn on headlights. Patrols and mop-up activities will occur during and following ignition, and will continue until the burn is declared out.

All controlled burns are completed in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Forestry smoke management plan.  For more information, visit the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center website at www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire