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Prescibed burn planned Tuesday near Davis Lake


The Crescent Ranger District on the Deschutes National Forest plans a prescribed burn a mile north of Davis Lake Tuesday while fuels specialists on the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District continue ignitions near the Fall River Guard Station.

If conditions remain favorable, fuels specialists on the Crescent Ranger District will be igniting the 104-acre unit Tuesday morning. Smoke may be visible from Cascade Lakes Highway between the junction of Forest Road 44 and Forest Road 4660, Wickiup Reservoir and Davis Lake for several days.

The Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District will continue burning four miles west of Fall River Guard Station on Tuesday. The project area is 160 acres and fuels specialists were able to complete 66 acres Monday. Ignitions will likely continue Tuesday and work to complete the final 100 acres on the unit. Smoke from this burn could impact Vandervert Road (Forest Road 42).

Residences and businesses near these burn areas are advised to keep their windows and doors closed during the night hours to minimize any potential smoke impacts.

While there are no road closures anticipated with either burn, drivers may experience smoke impacts on nearby roads. If smoke drifts onto roads, motorists should slow down, turn on headlights, and proceed with caution.

Fuels specialists will follow policies outlined in the Oregon Department of Forestry smoke management plan, which governs prescribed fires (including pile burning), and attempts to minimize impacts to visibility and public health.

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