VALE — Recent favorable weather conditions have enabled Vale District BLM to begin implementation of a fall and winter prescribed burning program.

Prescribed burning, also known as fuel treatment, requires certain weather and fuel conditions. These include: wind speed, wind direction, temperature, relative humidity, and fuel moisture. When these values fit into the parameters outlined in the prescribed fire plan, burning can occur.

Proposed treatments by resource area are listed below. The prescribed fire plans are developed in advance of project implementation. All prescribed burning activities comply with federal, state, and local air quality and smoke dispersal guidelines.

Due to the variable nature of weather, burn dates cannot be set more than a few days in advance. Notifications will be made to local media and social media outlets and partners in advance of a burn taking place.

Prescribed burning can help reduce the damaging effects of high intensity wildfires which occur during hot, dry, windy conditions. Burning under favorable conditions clears out vegetation, such as small trees, shrubs, and brush which can fuel a large, damaging fire. Fuel treatment areas can help suppress high intensity fire by reducing fire behavior.

Fire is also a vital element of many ecosystems. Plants and animals that grow and live in eastern Oregon evolved with fire in their environment, making fire a necessary element in their habitat. Fall prescribed burning creates low to moderate fire intensity which produces beneficial post-fire effects.

For additional information the following persons may be contacted, John Thorstad (541) 473-6309, Justin Fenton (541) 473-6329 or Justin Robinson (541) 473-6306.

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