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Prescribed burn west of Bend

Prescribed burn sends up smoke west of Bend

With the help of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and others, the Deschutes National Forest on Saturday implemented the first prescribed burn of the West Bend Project area adjacent to Phil's Trailhead, sending up a towering smoke plume visible across the area.

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C. Oregon's wildfire season could be early, long

Spring has just begun, but fire season is just weeks away.

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Several more prescribed burns planned in area

Two more prescribed fires are tentatively planned for ignitions beginning Wednesday, south of Black Butte Ranch and on the west side of the Maury Mountains, with others lined up in coming days, officials said.

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Bend symposium to study wildfire science, impacts

In what organizers have dubbed a “Week of Fire,” forest scientists and fire managers will meet in Bend April 7-10 to discuss the latest research on fire ecology and its implications for forest management.

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Update: Prescribed burn near Sunriver postponed

Given favorable conditions, fuels specialists plan to implement a prescribed fire on 60 acres beside Highway 40 on the east side of Sunriver as early as Monday.

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C. Oregon prescribed burns for 2014 outlined

As favorable weather conditions return to Central Oregon, fuels specialists with the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are preparing for the spring prescribed fire program.

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Wyden, Merkley cheer firefighting funding reforms

Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., applauded the news Monday that President Obama will endorse their plan to reform federal wildfire policy by funding major wildfires the same way as other natural disasters, while freeing up funding to prevent future fires. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has introduced legislation on the matter.

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BLM plans pile burning S. of Prineville

With cooler temperatures forecast for next week, Prineville Bureau of Land Management fuels specialists plan to begin burning 400 acres of slash piles adjacent to Millican Road, about 15 miles south of Prineville.

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BLM plans pile burning near Eagle Crest

Cooler temperatures across Central Oregon will allow Prineville Bureau of Land Management fuels specialists to begin burning in the Cline Buttes area, south of Eagle Crest Resort and east of Cline Falls Highway, in and beside the Maston non-motorized recreational area.

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High Desert feels the heat, lack of rain

Unusually dry conditions continue to plague the West, increasing the risk for fire early in the new year. There was an escaped field burn in Terrebonne Friday, but officials say the risk of wildfire is still low -- at least for now.

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