US Forest Service plans prescribed burn on 730 acres in Pringle Falls Experimental Forest, Oregon; project lasting up to four days aims to promote large fire-dependent ponderosa pine, reduce potential for tree mortality in event of wildfire

BEND, Oregon , June 2, 2014 (press release) – Given favorable conditions, fuels specialists plan to implement a prescribed fire north of Wickiup Reservoir on Lookout Mountain, beginning Monday, June 2. Ignitions are expected to last 1 to 4 days as specialists burn approximately 730 acres within the Pringle Falls Experimental Forest.

This prescribed fire was planned in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the Forest Service, which manages the Pringle Falls Experimental Forest for research and education in ecosystem structure and function and for demonstration of forest management techniques.

The main objectives of this prescribed fire are to promote large fire-dependent ponderosa pine and reduce the potential for tree mortality that could occur during a wildfire.

Forest Roads 4250-500, 4245-400, and 4245-500 on Lookout Mountain will be closed during operations and until deemed safe to reopen.

Due to the location of this project, smoke may be visible from the greater La Pine, Sunriver, and Bend areas. Drivers may experience smoke impacts on nearby roads. If smoke drifts onto roads, motorists should slow down, turn on headlights, and proceed with care.

Fuels specialists will follow policies outlined in the Oregon Department of Forestry smoke management plan, which governs prescribed fires, and attempts to minimize impacts to visibility and public health.


For more information, please visit the “Prescribed Fires” link on the Deschutes & Ochoco National Forests website, http://www.fs.usda.gov/centraloregonand follow us on Twitter @CentralORFire

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