CHEMULT, Ore. - The Chemult Ranger District, Fremont-Winema National Forest conducted the Boundary Rx with great success. A portion of Boundary Prescribed Fire Treatment was conducted from September 13th through September 15th 2019. All objectives were met on 8,000 acres and that the area is open for the start of rifle season.
The end of this week may open a window of opportunity to complete the remaining 5,000 acres left to treat, leaving a complete desired natural mosaic burn pattern.
The primary objective of a prescribed burn is to safely reduce the build-up of dead/down and live surface fuel to a historic fire-adapted ecosystem. As well as being less susceptible to severe impacts if a wildfire occurs in the future.
Although smoke was in the air with the first prescribed fire treatment, it had no long-term direct impact on the public or local air sheds, and we are anticipating the same this week.
The Boundary Prescribed Fire treatment will remain in patrol and monitoring status until further notice.
Please always check current forest conditions before planning a forest visit. During prescribed fire operations, forest visitors will not be allowed within the treatment area. Information on current conditions is available at the Chemult Ranger District, located at 110500 Hwy 97 N or at 541-365-7001 or, online at www.fs.usda.gov/fremont-winema, prescribed fire updates are also available at www.scofmp.org/rx_fire.shtml or https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/.