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January 8th, 2021

Pile Burning Locations in Central Oregon

As conditions remain favorable, Deschutes National Forest firefighters plan to ignite several burn piles west of Sunriver and La Pine over the next few weeks. Burning will occur during mid-week, primarily on Wednesdays.

Nearby roads will remain open, but smoke may linger for a few days – if recreating nearby,┬ákeep pups on a leash when passing by these smoldering areas, as the ground will be too hot for paws, boots, or tires.

Pile burning differs from other forms of prescribed burn because it involves igniting by hand piles of vegetation created during thinning or other types of fuel reduction work after the vegetation has had an opportunity to dry out. The dried vegetation in the piles burns hot and clean and does not produce the amount of smoke that understory burns (prescribed fires) produce.

Understory burns are also ignited by hand, but the goal is to burn green vegetation across a broad area. Both pile and understory burning are important tools that reduce hazardous fuels and restore forests to healthier conditions.

For information and mapped locations, refer to info@deschutescollaborativeforest.org, official information site for the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project.