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Conditions in line for continued prescribed burning (2017 Malheur NF Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - May 23, 2017 - 7:00am
Prairie City Fire Officials have announced planned ignitions in the Knox project area for today, Tuesday, May 23 with goals of accomplishing 150 acres of prescribed burning. On the south end, the Emigrant Creek Ranger District completed ground ignitions on Monday, with potential for aerial ignitions today, Tuesday, May 23 in the George project area. Blue Mountain Ranger District continues to prep the Crawford project area for future ignitions. Be sure to follow the interactive prescribed fire map for forest-wide updates when planning your recreation, camping, and hunting visits.

Chemult Ranger District Wildland-Urban Interface begins May 21, 2017 (CHEMULT WUI PRESCRIBE FIRE Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - May 22, 2017 - 10:53am
The Chemult Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest will begin prescribed fire operations starting the week of May 21 through June 3, 2017 as weather conditions permit. Chemult Townsite Project Area – located west of the town of Chemult and Highway 97. Total acreage treated will be approximately 785 acres. The prescribed fire activities will: Remove hazardous fuels from earlier thinning treatments and brush. Improve firefighter safety during future suppression activities. Improve wildlife habitat in the area and create more resilient forests For visitor and firefighter safety: Watch for prescribed fire signs in the area Be aware of smoke in the area both during and after ignitions, which may affect visibility on area roads Increased fire personnel and vehicles in the area and additional Forest Service traffic For more information, please contact Chemult Ranger District Assistant Fire Management Officer Ken Gregor at 541-365-7057, Engine Captain David...

Prescribe Fire Information for Bly Ranger District (2017 SCOFMP Prescribed Burning Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - May 22, 2017 - 9:42am
The Bly Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest will begin prescribed fire operations starting the week of May 21 through June 3, 2017 as weather conditions permit. Bly Ridge Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) – located 6 miles west of Bly and south of Highway 140; up to 1,000 acres of planned accomplishment. The prescribed fire activities will: Remove hazardous fuels from earlier thinning treatments and brush. Improve firefighter safety during future suppression activities.

Prescribe Fire Information Silver Lake Ranger District (2017 SCOFMP Prescribed Burning Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - May 20, 2017 - 2:43pm
The Silver Lake Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest will begin prescribed fire operations starting the week of May 21 through June 3, 2017 as weather conditions permit. Coyote Unit 1A – located west of Forest Service Road 27, 25 miles southwest of Silver Lake; 150 acres of planned accomplishment. The prescribed fire activities will: Remove hazardous fuels from earlier thinning treatments and brush. Improve firefighter safety during future suppression activities. Improve wildlife habitat in the area and create more resilient forests. For visitor and firefighter safety: Watch for prescribed fire signs in the area Be aware of smoke in the area both during and after ignitions, which may affect visibility on area roads Increased fire personnel and vehicles in the area and additional Forest Service traffic For more information, please contact Lakeview Ranger District Assistant Fire Management Officer Coley Neider at 541-219-2126 or Fire Information Officer...

Chemult Ranger District will beging firing operations May 21, 2017 (CHEMULT WUI PRESCRIBE FIRE Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - May 19, 2017 - 1:34pm
The Chemult Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest will begin prescribed fire operations starting the week of May 21 through June 3, 2017 as weather conditions permit. Chemult Townsite Project Area – located west of the town of Chemult and Highway 97. Total acreage treated will be approximately 785 acres. The prescribed fire activities will: Remove hazardous fuels from earlier thinning treatments and brush. Improve firefighter safety during future suppression activities. Improve wildlife habitat in the area and create more resilient forests. For visitor and firefighter safety: Watch for prescribed fire signs in the area Be aware of smoke in the area both during and after ignitions, which may affect visibility on area roads Increased fire personnel and vehicles in the area and additional Forest Service traffic For more information, please contact Chemult Ranger District Assistant Fire Management Officer Ken Gregor at 541-365-7057, Engine Captain David O’Neil at...

Prescribe Fire Information for Paisley Ranger District (2017 SCOFMP Prescribed Burning Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - May 19, 2017 - 9:48am
The Paisley Lake Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest will begin prescribed fire operations starting the week of May 19 through June 3, 2017 as weather conditions permit. Ben Young Unit 14 – located 17 miles South of Paisley Oregon, and around 20 miles north of Lakeview Oregon. Unit 14 is located between Forest Service Road 3623 and Forest Service Road 3509, along Forest Service Road 016. Approximate acreage in Unit 14 is 477 acres. The prescribed fire activities will: Remove hazardous fuels from earlier thinning treatments and brush. Improve firefighter safety during future suppression activities. Improve wildlife habitat in the area and create more resilient forests. For visitor and firefighter safety: Watch for prescribed fire signs in the area Be aware of smoke in the area both during and after ignitions, which may affect visibility on area roads Increased fire personnel and vehicles in the area and additional Forest Service traffic For more information,...

Prescribe Fire Information for Klamath Ranger District (2017 SCOFMP Prescribed Burning Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - May 18, 2017 - 3:47pm
The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) will begin prescribed fire operations starting the week of May 21, conditions permitting, on the Klamath Ranger District, Fremont-Winema National Forest. Raccoon Units 206, 209, 215 – located West of Highway 140 in the Odessa Area. 170 acres of planned. The prescribed fire activities will: Remove hazardous fuels and brush from previous thinning treatments. Improve firefighter safety during future suppression activities. Improve wildlife habitat in the area and create more resilient forests. For visitor and firefighter safety: Watch for prescribed fire signs in the area. Be aware of smoke in the area both during and after ignitions, which may affect visibility on area roads. Watch for increased fire personnel and vehicles in the area and additional Forest Service traffic. For more information, please contact Klamath Ranger District Assistant Fire Management Officer Philip Bordelon at 541-885-3413 or Fire Information...

Prescribe Fire Information for Lakeview Ranger District (2017 SCOFMP Prescribed Burning Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - May 18, 2017 - 3:43pm
The Lakeview Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest will begin prescribed fire operations starting the week of May 21 through June 3, 2017 as weather conditions permit. West Drews Units 8, 9, 15, 16 – located 5 miles west of Drews Valley in the Secret Valley area. 1,000 acres of planned accomplishment. West Drews Unit 6d – located 25 miles west of Lakeview in the Strawberry Butte area. 500 acres of planned accomplishment. The prescribed fire activities will: Remove hazardous fuels from earlier thinning treatments and brush. Improve firefighter safety during future suppression activities. Improve wildlife habitat in the area and create more resilient forests. For visitor and firefighter safety: Watch for prescribed fire signs in the area Be aware of smoke in the area both during and after ignitions, which may affect visibility on area roads Increased fire personnel and vehicles in the area and additional Forest Service traffic For more information, please...

Hats off to forest landowners restoring fish habitat

WA DNR News - May 10, 2017 - 4:49pm

Some 43 large forest landowners received accolades today from state officials for upgrading forest roads and stream crossings to improve salmon habitat and water quality.

Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz (fourth from left) and officials from the departments of Ecology, and Fish and Wildlife presented certificates of appreciation to several large landowners for taking steps to improve fish habitat in forest streams.

At a regular quarterly meeting of the state Forest Practices Board today, officials from the departments of Natural Resources, Ecology and Fish and Wildlife praised the 43 large forest landowners that had completed the Board’s required road maintenance and abandonment plan process. Meanwhile, more than 50 additional large forest landowners continue to develop road inventories and make required improvements by the Board’s 2021 deadline.

These efforts come in response to state rules that require landowners to build and maintain roads in a way that minimizes damage to public resources, such as clean water and healthy habitat for native fish. Roads are considered a major contributor to runoff that can degrade water quality in forest streams. Undersized or improperly placed culverts where roads cross streams can block salmon and other fish from reaching upstream areas vital to their survival.

The 43 public and private landowners receiving certificates of appreciation today upgraded 25,000 miles of forest road and removed 6,000 fish passage barriers (frequently culvert pipes) to re-open about 3,500 miles of upstream habitat to migrating fish. The 43 honored were:

Ahtanum Irrigation District Alco Holdings, LLC Aloha Lumber American Forest Resources, LLC Arbor-Pacific Forest Services, Inc. (Grandy Lake Forest) Arden Tree Farms, Inc Baring Timber, LLC Bascom Pacific, LLC (The Campbell Group) Bloedel Timberlands C&G Timber Campbell Global City of Bremerton City of Montesano Forecastle Timber Co. Forest Capital Partners, LLC (Hancock Timber Resource Group) GMO Fund VIII Grays Harbor County Green Crow Corporation Green Crow Timber, LLC Bennet Lumber Products, Inc. The Herbrand Company Hancock Renewable Energy Group (HNRG) Inland Empire Paper Co. Keystone Forest Investments, LLC Manke Lumber Company Menasha Forest Products, Corp. – New Growth Olympus, LLC Muckleshoot Federal Corporation North Cascades Timberland, LLC ORM Timber Operating Company II, LLC Plum Creek Timber Company Pope Resources Port Blakely Tree Farms Riley Creek Lumber Seattle City Light Seefeld Corporation Springboard – Wallace Falls, LLC Stimson Lumber. TC&I Chinook, LLC The Nature Conservancy The Timber Exchange Vaagen Brothers Lumber WACF TA LLC Western Pacific Timber

 

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Districts wrapping up prescribed burns for the week (2017 Malheur NF Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - May 10, 2017 - 1:52pm
Blue Mountain Ranger District crews are wrapping up with approximately 300 acres of prescribed burning in the Damon project area today, Wednesday, May 10. Prairie City Ranger District completed approximately 250 acres of prescribed burning in the 16 Road project area this week as well. No further ignitions in that unit are planned this week.

Wildfire Awareness Month; are you ember aware?

WA DNR News - May 10, 2017 - 8:34am
Does your home have vulnerability to embers like this one?

DNR is asking all everyone in Washington state to participate in Wildfire Awareness Month.

Washington’s theme for 2017 is Be Ember Aware, because the most common reason that homes burn in wildfires is not from flames but because falling embers ignited something on or near the home. Residents can take simple steps to increase their home’s chances of survival without fire department intervention by:

  • Cleaning out gutters, roofs and other areas where leaves, pine needles and other debris has settled
  • Keeping the space around your home clear of dense vegetation, and a creating a 5-foot wide barrier strip of rock, stone or gravel about your home’s perimeter
  • Covering vents with 1/8-inch wire mesh or installing ember-resistant vents

Embers can travel over a mile

In 2015, Washington state experienced its largest wildfire season ever, when more than one million acres burned across the state. The first major incident of that fire season was the Sleepy Hollow Fire in Wenatchee, which started on June 28. Not only did the fire destroy 29 homes, but its embers spread the fire to buildings more than a mile away.

With the Sleepy Hollow Fire in mind, prepare around your home with steps from the Firewise Communities Program at www.firewise.org. Studies show that as many as 80 percent of homes lost to wildland fire may have been saved if brush around the homes had been cleared and defensible space created around structures.

During May, we are providing additional tips and steps that residents can take. For more information, follow DNR on social media: Twitter @waDNR_fire or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Washington-State-Department-of-Natural-Resources-273352136518/.

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Prescribed burning underway across the forest (2017 Malheur NF Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - May 9, 2017 - 3:00pm
As part of the Forest’s hazardous fuels reduction program, each of the three districts are preparing for and igniting spring landscape prescribed burning in various areas. Fire officials are currently actively burning in numerous project areas, as conditions are favorable. View the Interactive Prescribed Fire map for more details at: https://usfs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=755d242bd7024b5ebfb1ebc5b0dcd2c9. The data represents the recently completed, active, upcoming, and out-year prescribed fire planning for the Malheur National Forest. All units have been analyzed under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Burning typically takes place once all other activities described in the project analysis have been completed. Prescribed burning is highly dependent on precise weather and fuel conditions, and managers coordinate with the Oregon Department of Forestry to minimize air quality impacts to local communities.

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