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Prescribed fire planned north of Wickiup Reservoir

 

CENTRAL OREGON– 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/centraloregon and follow us on Twitter @CentralORFire

 

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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