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TUESDAY MORNING UPDATE: The Rush Springs burn was canceled Monday due to unfavorable conditions. Fire managers expect to try the East Maury burn on Tuesday. 

 

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PRINEVILLE, OR -- Recent moisture, coupled with cooler temperatures in the past week has created the opportunity for fire managers to light a couple of prescribed burns in the Ochoco National Forest, beginning Monday.

 

The Rush Springs burn unit is about 320 acres, located about 15 miles northeast of Prineville. Burning should last two days. The East Maury unit is about 333 acres, located near Elkhorn campground along Forest Service Road 16 in the Maury Mountains. That burn is expected to begin Wednesday and last two days.

 

Light smoke could impact the vicinities of each burn, but no road closures are planned. Prescribed burns are designed to rid the area of hazardous fuels and improve big game habitat and range conditions for livestock, according to federal forestry officials. 

 

Click HERE to access the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forest prescribed burn fire map. 

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