Update on prescribed fires planned on the Deschutes National Forest
One prescribed fire today; up to three prescribed fires tomorrow
CENTRAL OREGON –Today fuels specialists will continue to work on Wickiup Butte, 18 miles west of La Pine, OR near the Wickiup Reservoir Dam. Approximately 100 acres within this 428-acre area were burned on September 27th and 148 acres were burned yesterday. Today, specialists plan to burn an additional 110 acres. Operations may create smoke impacts to the Haner Park, Ponderosa Estates, and Wild River subdivisions as well as along Burgess Road (FS Road 43) and FS Roads 44 and 4260.
Plans to burn 123 acres in the Metolius Basin Research Natural Area, 1.5 miles northeast of the Camp Sherman store and 1 mile south of the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery, on the east side of FS Road 14, are still tentatively planned for tomorrow, Wednesday, October 23rd. Smoke from this operation may impact the Camp Sherman area, including the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery and the Allen Springs, Pioneer Ford and Lower Bridge campgrounds.
Plans to burn 81 acres near the Two Rivers North and Cascade Estates subdivisions and Highway 58, seven miles southwest of Crescent, OR are also still tentatively planned for tomorrow, Wednesday, October 23rd. Smoke could impact these subdivisions as well as Highway 58 in the vicinity of mile post 80 and FS Road 5825.
An additional 158 acres is planned approximately 10 miles northwest of La Pine, OR in the vicinity of Round Mountain. Smoke from this prescribed fire may be seen from La Pine and Sunriver and could impact the Wildriver Estates subdivision and FS Roads 42, 4040, and 4250.
Plans to burn within the Lava Cast Forest, seven miles east of Sunriver and 12 miles southeast of Bend, near Company Butte and the intersection of China Hat Road (FS Road 18) and FS Road 1825 are still delayed due to smoke concerns.
For more information, visit the Ochoco/Deschutes website at www.fs.usda.gov/centraloregon and follow us on twitter @CentralORFire. Subsequent news releases and "tweets" will follow to provide updates on these potential operations.
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