BEND, OR -- Two more prescribed burns are planned for the end of this week. A 119-acre burn will take place adjacent to Phil's Trailhead, starting at about 11 a.m. on Friday. The parking area at the trailhead will close Friday, to accommodate fire vehicles and personnel that need to be in close proximity to the burn. Forest Road 4604, with access to the trailhead from Skyliners Road, will also be closed. The trail system will largely remain open.
Also Friday, crews will burn up to 42 acres near Black Butte Ranch, one mile south of Highway 20 in the Glaze Meadow area. No road closures are expected, although BBR will likely be impacted by smoke.
On Saturday, a 136-acre burn is planned for the western edge of Bend, next to Cascade Lakes Highway, north and across from the "Good Dog" area. Forest Road 010 will close during the burn. It's also slated to begin at about 11 a.m. and should be completed by 1 p.m.
Winds are forecasted to push smoke up and over Bend, the Forest Service says that should limit impacts on the community. However, smoke will be visible from Bend and surrounding areas. Residents are advised to keep windows and doors closed during night hours, when there is the greatest potential for smoke in the area to linger.