SOUTHERN OREGON - The Silver Lake Ranger District, USFS and the Nature Conservancy (TNC) plan to implement the Coyote Creek prescribed underburn on Thursday, September 26, 2019. Favorable weather conditions have created a window of opportunity to successfully treat up to 213 acres. Planned ignitions are expected to last 1-day.
The primary objective of the prescribed burn is to safely reduce the buildup on dead/down and live surface level fuel to a historic fire-adapted ecosystem. The area will also be less susceptible to severe impacts from future wildfire.
The treatment area starts south of Highway 31 at Forest Service road 27, located west of Sycan Marsh and southeast of Yamsay Mountain.
Smoke may be visible during and after ignitions for 1-to-5 days. Fire managers are working closely with local air districts and the Oregon Air Resources Board to mitigate the effects of the smoke to the public and local air sheds.
Firefighter and public safety are the highest priorities.
Signs will be in place on Forest Road 27 during fire operations. Fire personnel, vehicles and equipment may be present. The public is asked to watch for prescribed fire signs, be aware of changing conditions & operations, and drive safely.
Please 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 operations is available a the Silver Lake District offices, located at 65600 Highway 31, Silver Lake, Oregon 97638 or at 541-576-2107.
Prescribed burn updates are also available at www.scofmp.org/rx_fire.shtml