FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jean Nelson-Dean, Deschutes National Forest, (541) 383-5561
Prescribed Burning Continues Wednesday on Deschutes National Forest
Central Ore. – Fire managers are continuing to implement prescribed burns this week on the Deschutes National Forest. Firefighters are working in three separate prescribed burn project areas today.
Deadlog Prescribed Burn is located approximately 28 miles east of La Pine, Ore. near the junction of Forest Roads 22 and 23. Bee Prescribed Burn is located along Forest Road 9760 a few miles south of Crescent, Ore. Metolius Prescribed Burn is situated near Camp Sherman, near the intersection of Forest Roads 1217 and 1420. Smoke may be visible within prescribed burn project areas, including Highways 97 and 58.
Road closures are not expected. If traveling in these areas please close windows, drive slowly, and drive with lights on. Smoke may linger on roadways and in low areas during and after the ignitions phase. Firefighters will continue to secure and patrol burned areas throughout the week.
Prescribed fire treatments restore and maintain healthy forest conditions. These areas were historically maintained by frequent low-intensity fires. Prescribed burning will reduce hazardous fuel loading, reintroduce fire to fire-adapted ecosystems, increase the vigor of native plants, and restore habitat.
Keep up with prescribed fire in Central Oregon by visiting: https://www.centraloregonfire.org, or text “COFIRE” to 888-777 to receive text alerts.