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Now that fall is here, forest officials will use the colder weather to conduct some prescribed burns.

Jean Nelson-Dean with the Deschutes National Forest says they are planning a series of prescribed burns - beginning with the "Cow Meadow" burn Thursday west of La Pine.  "We need to burn those fine fuels while they're still very dry within the meadow setting. And before moisture comes in, otherwise they won't burn. We are doing this with a lot of thought and resources in order to improve the habitat in the meadow in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation."

 

Nelson-Dean says the Pole Creek Fire is an excellent example of the result of their work; as the residential neighborhoods near the fire were spared, thanks to prescribed burns.

 

She says since the weather must be "just right" for a prescribed burn, fire officials will probably only give a day or two notice before the work begins.

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  • Intersection of NW Broadway Street and NW Delaware for waterline replacement project, road closures with detours clearly marked for thru traffic, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily with roads opened nightly. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use Bond Street and Wall Street.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.