BEND, Ore. - Forest Service fuels specialists plan to ignite an 88-acre prescribed burn south of Bend Thursday in an area adjacent to the Woodside Ranch, Sundance and Lost Tracks subdivisions off of China Hat Road. If conditions remain favorable, they plan to prescribe burn an additional 239 acres on Sunday in the same area. No road or trail closures are expected for either burn.
In Sisters, fuels specialists plan to prescribe burn 200 acres on Friday, one mile southwest of Edgington Road community and approximately three miles southwest of the Crossroads, Tollgate and Sisters communities.
If conditions remain favorable, fuels specialists will continue prescribed burning on Monday in the Metolius Basin. They plan to ignite 140 acres on the west side of Forest Road 1420, two miles north of the Camp Sherman and Metolius Meadows communities and west of the House on the Metolius. No road or trail closures are anticipated for either burn.
If favorable prescribed burning conditions persist into next week, fuels specialists plan to continue burning in the West Bend area.
Ignitions are planned for mid-morning. Communities located near the listed burn areas can expect to see residual smoke impacts following the ignitions of these units. Fire crews will continue to patrol and monitor all burns for several days after ignitions.
Prescribed burning will be completed by fire staff from the Deschutes and Ochoco national forests and Prineville BLM, as well as local municipal fire departments.
The use of prescribed fire in Central Oregon’s fire adapted ecosystems restores forests to healthier conditions, reduces and removes dense vegetation that contributes to high-intensity wildfires and protects communities, officials said.
For all prescribed burns, fuels specialists follow policies outlined in the Oregon Department of Forestry smoke management plan, which governs prescribed fires, and attempt to minimize impacts to visibility and public health. Once ignited, units are monitored and patrolled until they are declared out.
For more information, visit the interactive Deschutes National Forest website at https://www.fs.fed.us/r6/webmaps/deschutes/cofms-rxfire/ and follow on Twitter @CentralORFire.