Friday, April 20, 2018


Prescribed Fire Planned in Bly and Beatty

BLY, Ore. – Prescribed fires are planned starting on or about April 25 in Bly and Beatty by the Bly Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest.
Prescribed fire is an important tool used by fire managers to reduce hazardous fuels, improve forest health and increase firefighter and community safety in the event of future wildfires in the area. Prescribed fire is only applied when specific environmental conditions are met and in a manner designed to achieve specific objectives.
The West Spodue prescribed fire is planned for approximately 1,800 acres and is located approximately 12 miles north of Beatty, just west of Spodue Mountain. The Bly Ridge prescribed fire is planned for approximately 1,100 acres and is located approximately 5 miles west of Bly. The public may notice smoke in this area of the forest, as well as residual smoke after ignitions are over.
Residents and visitors are asked to be aware of their surroundings and watch for prescribed fire operations to maintain personal and firefighter safety. Areas where prescribed fire operations are taking place will be well signed and may have increased fire personnel, traffic and smoke in the area.
Each prescribed fire can appear different visually depending on the forest type, fuel load, prescribed fire objectives and how long fire has been absent from the area. This includes wildfires and prescribed fires.
Prescribed fire announcements will be placed locally prior to ignition. SCOFMP Employees are committed to a safe and successful prescribed fire within these designated areas.
For more information, please call the Bly Ranger District at (541) 353-2700. Or get our most recent updates online at scofmp.org/lifc.shtml, on Facebook at facebook.com/SCOFMPFireInfo and on Twitter at @SCOFMPFireInfo.
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Prescribed Fire Planned Near Lakeview

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – A prescribed fire is planned starting on or about April 24 near here by the Lakeview Ranger District.
Prescribed fire is an important tool used by fire managers to reduce hazardous fuels, improve forest health and increase firefighter and community safety in the event of future wildfires in the area. Prescribed fire is only applied when specific environmental conditions are met and in a manner designed to achieve specific objectives.
The West Drews prescribed fire is planned for approximately 1,000 acres and is located approximately six miles west of Drews Reservoir. The public may notice smoke in this area of the forest, as well as residual smoke after ignitions are over.
Residents and visitors are asked to be aware of their surroundings and watch for prescribed fire operations to maintain personal and firefighter safety. Areas where prescribed fire operations are taking place will be well signed and may have increased fire personnel, traffic and smoke in the area.
Each prescribed fire can appear different visually depending on the forest type, fuel load, prescribed fire objectives and how long fire has been absent from the area. This includes wildfires and prescribed fires.
Prescribed fire announcements will be placed locally prior to ignition. SCOFMP Employees are committed to a safe and successful prescribed fire within these designated areas.
For more information, please call the Lakeview Ranger District at (541) 947-3337. Or get our most recent updates online at scofmp.org/lifc.shtml, on Facebook at facebook.com/SCOFMPFireInfo and on Twitter at @SCOFMPFireInfo.
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Monday, April 2, 2018

Spring Prescribed Fire Season starting in South Central Oregon


LAKEVIEW, Ore. – Now that spring is officially here, fire managers on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex are looking for opportunities to apply prescribed fire to the landscape.

Prescribed fires are a proactive tool used to achieve a number of purposes, including the reduction of hazardous fuels – which includes grasses, small shrubs and trees. Reducing these fuels helps to reduce the threat of high-intensity, severe wildfires, improve forest heath and wildlife habitat and recycle nutrients into the soil.

As conditions allow, including warmer temperatures, reduced snow pack, adequate humidity and favorable winds for smoke management, firefighters will start applying fire to the landscape.

Area residents and visitors may notice smoke or fire on public lands in various areas during the next few months. Applying prescribed fires is a part of our continued commitment to protect communities and natural resources from wildfires.
“The snow and wet weather over the past couple months has been welcome, but now that things are warming up and drying out again we are hoping to resume active work to reduce the hazardous fuels which can contribute to larger wildfires during the summer fire season,” said Interagency Fire Management Officer Barry Shullanberger.  “We’re still hoping for spring rains and for the snowpack we do have to hold up, but we are also looking forward to getting back out on the ground ahead of the summer fire season.”

Prescribed fire only occurs on days when the Oregon Department of Forestry Smoke Management Office indicates there are suitable weather conditions for smoke dispersal.  Following that approval, if overall fuel and weather conditions are favorable, firefighters ignite a test fire before moving forward with the prescribed fire.  If the test fire indicates conditions are not suitable, the prescribed fire will be postponed until conditions improve.  Burning operations are monitored and patrolled frequently, by fire professionals, to ensure public safety.
Prescribed fire announcements will be posted at local ranger stations and federal offices prior to ignition. The U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Fish and Wildlife Service are committed to a safe and successful prescribed fire season for the public and employees.
Areas planned for treatment during the Spring 2018 Prescribed Fire Season include:

FREMONT-WINEMA NATIONAL FOREST

Bly Ranger District:                                                             Information: 541-353-2427
Name:
Size (Acres):
Location from Bly, OR:
Juniper Mountain
2,000
20 miles southeast, near Strawberry Reservoir
West Spodue
1,000
15 Miles North of Beatty, Visible from Hwy 140
Long
1,000
15 miles east, near Coleman Rim
Pilot
500
15 Miles east, near Deming Creek
Bly Ridge
750
6 miles west & visible from Hwy 140

Chemult Ranger District:                                                    Information: 541-365-7001
Name:
Size (Acres):
Location from Chemult, OR:
Chemult WUI
1,000
Perimeter around Chemult, OR
Jack
350
12 Miles East off of FS Rd 88
Lomi
181
14 Miles southeast, along Silver Lake Highway or Bear Lake Cutoff

Chiloquin Ranger District:                                                 Information: 541-783-4001
Name:
Size (Acres):
Location from Chiloquin, OR:
Ninemile
1,200
5 miles east. Visible from Hwy 97 & the Sprague River Road

Klamath Ranger District:                                                                 Information: 541-885-3410
Name:
Size (Acres):
Location from Klamath Falls, OR:
Raccoon
235
23 miles NW of Klamath Falls along Hwy 140 near the Odessa area.
Tomahawk
342
29 miles NW of Klamath Falls along Hwy 140 near the base of Seldom Hill.


Lakeview Ranger District:                                                    Information: 541-947-3334
Name:
Size (Acres):
Location from Lakeview, OR:
Burnt Willow
500
6 miles east of Lakeview
West Drews
1,000
6 miles west of Drews Reservoir

Winter Rim Zone:                                                                            Information: 541-943-3114
Name:
Size (Acres):
Location:
Coyote
500
25 miles southwest of Silver Lake, west of Sycan Marsh
Brattain Ridge
1,600
17 miles south of Silver Lake, north of Sycan Marsh
Deuce
1,300
14 miles southwest of Paisley near Coffee Pot Flat.

BLM - LAKEVIEW DISTRICT

Lakeview Resource Area:                                                    Information: 541-947-2177
Name:
Size (Acres):
Location from Lakeview, OR:
South Warner
750
20 miles east (visible from Hwy 140 near Adel, OR)

Klamath Falls Resource Area:                                             Information: 541-883-6916
Name:
Size (Acres):
Location from Klamath Falls, OR:
Hand piles
138
10 miles south (in-between Keno & Warden, OR)

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE

Sheldon/Hart National Wildlife Refuges:                                          Information: 541-947-3315
Name:
Size (Acres):
Location from Plush, OR
Indian Spring Meadow
192
Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge 8-10 miles east of Plush
Hot Springs Campground
30
Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge 8-10 miles east of Plush

Information on prescribed fire operations in the area can also be found at www.scofmp.org/lifc.shtml, on the SCOFMP Facebook page at www.facebook.com/scofmpfireinfo and on Twitter @scofmpfireinfo.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

November 14, 2017 - Prescribed Fire Information


#PrescribedFire Information for South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership for November 14, 2017. 

1. Klamath Ranger District: Eagle Landing piles, 696 acres, East of Westside Road. 

2. Bly Ranger District: West Spodue piles, 100 acres, near Black Hills. 

3. Chiloquin Ranger District: Field Landing piles, 1087 acres, near Nine mile/Saddle Mountain. 

4. Winter Rim Zone: Throo Fawn piles, 200 acres, near Coffee Pot Flat. 

5. Sheldon/Hart NWRs: Poker Jim area, 250 acres, near Hart Mountain.

6. BLM Lakeview: South Warners piles, 300 acres, South Warners area.

7. BLM Klamath Falls Resource Area: Miller Creek hand piles, 40 acres, Miller Creek drainage area. 

Daily prescribed fire information, maps, and updates: 
• Facebook: http://bit.ly/2qsw4C7
• Twitter: http://bit.ly/2qsryDk
• Inciweb: http://bit.ly/2pzTCSv
• LIFC website: http://bit.ly/2qsZHmJ

After many years of fire exclusion, an ecosystem that needs periodic fire becomes unhealthy. Trees are stressed by overcrowding; fire-dependent species disappear; and flammable fuels build up and become hazardous. However, the right fire at the right place at the right time helps maintain healthy forests, communities and watersheds.

#PNW_RXFIRE #ForestHealth #Restoration #SCOFMP

Friday, October 27, 2017

October 27, 2017 - Ongoing Fall 2017 Prescribed Fire Projects



Ongoing Fall 2017 Prescribed Fire Projects



Fire managers within South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) are utilizing the warm fall temperatures to continue with prescribed burning as weather and air conditions permit.

Prescribed burns help decrease the threat of high-intensity, high-severity wildfires; reduce the risk of insect and disease outbreak; recycle nutrients that increase soil productivity; and improve wildlife habitat.

The actual days of ignition for these burn projects will depend on several factors including appropriate humidity levels, wind speed and direction, temperature, and fuel moisture. Burns only occur on days when the Oregon Smoke Management Office indicates suitable weather conditions exist for smoke dispersal.

Area residents and visitors may notice smoke on public lands in various areas during the next few months as part of the continued commitment to protect communities and natural resources from extreme wildfires.



FREMONT-WINEMA NATIONAL FOREST

Bly Ranger District

Approximately 500 acres of prescribed burning is planned for the West Spodue Project area, located 12 miles north of Beatty and just west of Spodue Mountain. An additional 300 acres are scheduled to be treated within the Long Project area, 15 miles east of the Bly, in the Coleman Rim area. Pile burning has been ongoing and will continue in various locations throughout the District.  For more information, please contact Bly Ranger District Fire Management Officer Eric Knerr at 541-353-2741 or Bly Ranger District Assistant Fire Management Officer Leland Hunter at 541-353-2745.


Chemult Ranger District 

Approximately 500 acres of prescribed burning is planned for the Chemult Town site Project area, located adjacent to the town of Chemult on Highway 97 and 400 acres in the Jack Unit area, located 13 miles east of Chemult, near Tea Table Mountain. 700 acres are scheduled to be treated within the Cub Unit area, 25 miles southwest of Chemult, near Lookout Butte south of Highway 138. Additional pile burning will continue throughout the winter, 40 miles east of Chemult. For more information, please contact Chemult Ranger District Assistant Fire Management Officer Ken Gregor at 541-365-7057 or Engine Captain Dave Varon at 559-202-7345.



Chiloquin Ranger District 

Roughly 300 acres of prescribed burning is planned in the Ninemile Project area located about five miles east of Chiloquin, south of the Sprague River Road near Corbell Butte. An additional 75 acres will be treated on the Yoss House Project, located 15 miles northeast of Chiloquin in the Yoss Ridge area. Pile burning has been ongoing and will continue in various locations throughout the District.  For additional information, please contact the Chiloquin Ranger District Assistant Fire Management Officer, Evan Wright at 541-783-4056 or District Fire Management Officer Mitch Wilson 514-783-4066.


Klamath Ranger District

Approximately 258 acres of prescribed burning is planned for the Raccoon Project Unit, located 30 miles northwest of Klamath Falls adjacent to Highway 140 in the Odessa area, near Rocky Point. Another method of reducing fuel is to burn piles of woody debris which is scheduled within the Klamath Ranger District. For more information, please contact Klamath Ranger District Assistant Fire Management Officer Philp Bordelon at 541-885-3413.


Lakeview Ranger District

Located six miles east of Lakeview, 750 acres of prescribed fire is planned in the Burnt Willow Project area, near Burnt Creek and 400 acres in the West Drews Project area, west of Drews Reservoir. Pile burning has been ongoing and will continue in various locations throughout the District. For additional information, please contact Lakeview Ranger District Assistant Fire Management Officer Coley Neider at 541-219-2126.


Winter Rim Zone

Nearly 800 acres of prescribed burning is planned in the Coyote Creek area, which is 25 miles southwest of Silver Lake and 500 acres of prescribed fire is planned for the Paisley Ranger District, located west of Forest Service Road 33 near Coffee Pot Flat, 14 miles southwest of Paisley. Pile burning has been ongoing and will continue in various locations throughout the District.  For more information, please contact Silver Lake Ranger District Assistant Fire Management Officer Joel Johnson 541-219-0310 or Paisley Ranger District Assistant Fire Management Officer Sam Tacchini 541-219-2028.



LAKEVIEW DISTRICT BLM

Lakeview Resource Area

Prescribed burning of cut juniper, approximately 3,000 acres    is planned within the South Warner Project area, located 16 miles east of Lakeview and five miles southwest of Adel. For additional information, please contact the Bureau of Land Management Fire Operations Supervisor Abel Harrington at 541-219-0103.


Klamath Falls Resource Area

A number of areas will be burning piles: Approximately 50 acres in the Gerber area is planned 12 miles southeast of Bonanza; 600 acres located four miles north of Malin; Bly Mountain, located eight miles north of Bonanza; and 40 piles located four miles northwest of Keno. For more information, contact Bureau of Land Management Fire Operations Supervisor Justin Pyle at 541-885-4177.  



U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE

Sheldon-Hart National Wildlife Refuge Complex (NWRC)

Approximately 1,500 acres of cut juniper will be treated in the Poker Jim area of NWRC Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. Most of the planned burning on Hart Mountain is approximately eight to 10 miles east of Plush. For more information, please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Office at 541-947-3315 or Bureau of Land Management Fire Operations Supervisor Abel Harrington at 541-219-0103.



Prescribed burning notices will be placed at Fremont-Winema National Forest Offices and Lakeview Interagency Office prior to ignition and posted online. Fremont-Winema National Forest, BLM Lakeview District, and NWRC employees are committed to a safe and successful prescribed burning season for both the public and employees.



The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership is an interagency fire management program that provides comprehensive wildland fire service to south central Oregon and northwest Nevada. The partnership strives to achieve a more efficient, effective and integrated interagency fire management program for all participating agencies on the lands administered and protected by each agency.



Participating agencies include: Fremont-Winema National Forest, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District, Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Crater Lake National Park and Klamath-Lake District Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).



Prescribed burn updates and maps are available online at:




For more information, contact Fire Information Officer Sarah Saarloos with the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership at 541-219-0515 or ssaarloos@fs.fed.us.

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