Prineville Bureau of Land Management fuels specialists plan to conduct 66 acres of hand pile burning operations near Cline Buttes, along Innes Market and Dusty Loop Roads today. The project should take one day to complete and no road or trail closures are expected.
Once ignited, piles are monitored by firefighters until declared out. Residents should be aware that piles may smolder and produce smoke for several days after ignition. The piles are concentrations of leftover materials from previous thinning projects intended to remove hazardous fuels that were not taken as firewood or other biomass (posts, poles, chips, etc.).
Smoke impacts are expected to be minimal but could be visible from adjacent roads and neighborhoods. All efforts will be made to limit smoke impacts to nearby communities. As temperatures decrease this afternoon, smoke may settle and linger in the area through the evening.
For further questions about this prescribed burn or other hazardous fuel reduction projects, please contact the Prineville Bureau of Land Management at (541) 416-6700.