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: 
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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.

Monday, October 23, 2017

October 23, 2017 - Prescribed Fire on Poker Jim Ridge

A #Prescribedfire project will begin today on Poker Jim Ridge (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Sheldon - Hart NWRC) during favorable weather conditions. A total of 1500 acres are currently planned for treatment. Drift smoke may be visible for the next few days near Plush, Oregon. 

Daily prescribed fire information, maps, and updates-

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• LIFC website: http://bit.ly/2qsZHmJ

For more information please contact Fire Information Officer, Sarah Saarloos at (541)-219-0515. 

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. 

#USFWS #SCOFMP #RestorativeFire 


Thursday, October 19, 2017

October 19, 2017 - Fire Season Ends for Klamath & Lake Counties

Fire Season Ends for Klamath & Lake Counties
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Klamath and Lake Counties’ 2017 Fire Season is officially ending Friday, October 20, 2017 at 12:01 am. “Fire Season” for the area has been in effect since June 5th. During the 2017 season, the Klamath-Lake District has documented 129 fires that burned approximately 1,937 acres on ODF protected lands.

For the ODF Klamath-Lake District, just about half of the total number of fire starts came from numerous summer lightning storm events. The other half were human caused ignitions.

Fire managers from the Klamath-Lake District, Oregon Department of Forestry [ODF], in cooperation with other local wildland fire agencies and structural fire departments, would like to remind the public that just because fire season has been terminated, fire starts and spread may still occur under the right conditions. Please continue to use fire safe practices all year-round.

The ban on Open Debris burning in Klamath and Lake Counties is being lifted.
Check with your local rural structural fire district for burning and permit regulations within their districts and ALSO the county health departments for air quality restrictions.
Debris Burning Reminders are as follows:
• Burn only during daylight hours
• Burn in cleared areas
• Burn in ‘no wind’ conditions (0-7 mph)
• Burn only when you are meeting the Air Quality guidelines
• Burning of large slash piles should be delayed until more moisture has hit the area.
• Burn only when a responsible person can be in attendance with a shovel and water supply.

Landowners need to remember that any burning escaping their control is their liability and they could be billed for any fire suppression costs. Be cautious, be fire safe.

The Oregon Department of Forestry, Klamath-Lake District, do not issue or require burn permits on lands solely protected by them when fire season is not in effect. Please be aware that a PDM is still required for all harvest activity burning.

Contact:
ODF Dennis Lee (541) 883-5681
ODF Randall Baley (541) 883-5681
ODF Dustin Gustaveson (541) 947-3311

Monday, October 16, 2017

National Cohesive Wildland Management:

The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy recognizes that wildfire is a necessary natural process in many ecosystems and strives to reduce conflicts between fire-prone landscapes and people. In an effort to mitigate potential negative wildfire impacts proactively, the Forest Service fuels program reduces wildland fuels.

As part of an internal program assessment, we evaluated the extent of fuel treatments and wildfire occurrence within lands managed by the National Forest System (NFS) between 2008 and 2012. We intersected fuel treatments with historic disturbance rates to assess the extent to which the program compensates for the disturbance deficit caused by fire suppression and with current wildfire hazard to evaluate whether fuel treatments strategically target high hazard locations.

For more information about internal program assessment, please click on link below:

http://mailchi.mp/blm/2nd-natl-cohesive-strategy-workshop-2680629

Friday, October 13, 2017

October 13, 2017 - Fall Prescribed Fires planned in Bly and Winter Rim Area




BLY, Ore. – Fremont-Winema National Forest will begin prescribed burning October 15 on the Bly, Paisley and Silver Lake Ranger Districts.

Prescribed burns are a proactive tool used to achieve a number of purposes, including the reduction of hazardous fuels (overgrown vegetation). They can 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.

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 wildfires.

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 burned within the Long Project area, which is 15 miles east of the Bly, in the Coleman Rim area. 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.

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. For more information, please contact Silver Lake RD Assistant Fire Management Officer Joel Johnson 541-219-0310 or Paisley Ranger District Assistant Fire Management Officer Sam Tacchini 541-219-2028.

Prescribed burn updates and maps are available online at:
South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership blog: https://scofmp.blogspot.com/
Lakeview Interagency Fire Center site: www.scofmp.org/rx_fire.shtml
Social Media: Twitter @scofmpfireinfo or Facebook http://facebook.com/scofmpfireinfo

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.

November 14, 2017 - Prescribed Fire Information

#PrescribedFire Information for South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership for November 14, 2017.  1. Klamath Ranger District: ...