BEND, OR -- Fire managers plan to conduct a large prescribed burn near the High Desert Museum, Wednesday, if conditions allow. The museum will open late, at noon, to accommodate the operation. Three units are scheduled for ignitions, including 74 acres of museum property and 121 acres of National Forestland adjacent to the museum.
Instead of regular daily programs, museum educators will offer hourly escorted interpretive walks so visitors can see the burn, starting at 1 p.m. The project is a joint operation between the Deschutes National forest and High Desert Museum, to reintroduce fire to an area that hasn't experienced a wildfire in more than a hundred years.