BEND, OR -- A prescribed burn is scheduled to begin at 9:30 Tuesday morning, on the western edge of Bend. Deschutes National Forest officials hope to burn 82 acres between Skyliner’s Road and Shevlin Park, in an effort to reduce wildfire fuels at the site of the future “Tree Farm” subdivision. No Forest Service or Shevlin Park lands are included in today's burn.
Smoke will be highly visible in Bend, but officials say the burn will only commence if weather conditions are suitable to move smoke up and out of the area. Weather permitting, the burn will be completed by 2 p.m. However, officials suggest residents and businesses keep windows closed during the burn and overnight, to minimize smoke impacts.
This is the first prescribed burn under a recent agreement between the Deschutes National Forest, The Tree Farm LLC and Bend Parks and Recreation to reduce fuels and improve forest health on both public and private lands west of Bend.