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Prescribed Burns Bring Forest Health


Forest service officials have several prescribed burns scheduled over the next few months. Lisa Clark with the Bureau of Land Management says they are preparing for a long summer with lots of opportunities for wildfire.  "It is a cycle. And you know and that's why nature, through the lightning storms that we have pass through Central Oregon, we're going to get, on average about 450 wildfires a year and at least about half to 2/3's of those are ignited by lightning. And that's kind of natures historical way of cleaning up the forest and causing that regeneration. And causing the life cycle to continue to move through there. It's where we live and how we're learning to live with that, that's going to improve our safety."  Clark says they have projects near Sisters,  in the Crescent area and the Crooked River National Grasslands. She says they are in the process of thinning many areas, and having less fuel, in the form of trees for wildfires to feed will make any ground fires easier to fight.

 

 

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