The Prairie City Ranger District has begun black-lining operations on the North Fork Prescribed burn, located North of Flag Prairie. Black-lining consists of firing along containment lines to reduce fuels loads to minimize holding efforts in advance of completing ignitions.
Prescribed burning is planned to begin as early as Monday, April 22nd on the 5000 acre North Fork burn. This will be followed by or coincide with ignitions on the 1500 acre Knox Burn Block 1 unit near Buttermilk Flats.
Blue Mountain Ranger District fire crews have scheduled to begin two prescribed burns starting as early as Monday, April 22nd. The first will be located on the Balance Project Area on the Middle Fork of the John Day River, in between Cress Creek and Horse Creek covering approximately 300 acres. Prescribed fire is also planned in the Murderer’s Creek vicinity near John Young Meadows and cover approximately 1800 acres.
Prairie City Ranger District fire crews will be completing prescribed burns in the Pine Creek area, as well as the Dry Creek area. These burns are not schedule to begin until mid to late May.
Please note that prescribed burns are weather dependent and exact dates will vary.
Prescribed burning is an effective treatment to remove woody debris, provide ecosystem benefits and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. Burning may have some short-term impacts on air quality levels, but any burning activity will be accomplished during weather conditions that should minimize impacts of smoke on local communities.
When driving in areas of fire activity, please slow down, use head lights, and be cautious of firefighters and equipment in the area.
For further information, contact officials at 541-575-3000 or 541-820-3800. To report a wildfire, call the John Day Interagency Dispatch Center at 541-575-1321.