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Prineville BLM plans Millican Rd. prescribed burn


Favorable weather and wind conditions are allowing fuels specialists with the Bureau of Land Management Prineville District Office to continue with their winter prescribed burning program. Over the next several days, crews plan to burn approximately 300 acres in the Millican Road area.

Beginning as early as Tuesday, February 28, fuels specialists will ignite juniper slash on both sides of George Millican Road, approximately seven miles southwest of Prineville, OR. The goal of this project is to burn previously cut young juniper to help restore the traditional shrub steppe habitat and reduce hazardous fuels. Burning will likely take five-to-seven days to complete.

No road closures or delays are expected; however, the smoke from this project may be visible to vehicles driving through the area along George Millican Road. If smoke drifts onto roadways, drivers are encouraged to turn on their lights and proceed slowly through the area.

Prescribed burning is highly dependent on favorable temperature, moisture and wind conditions. Each of these burns will be started when the conditions are right to meet the objectives of the burn and while minimizing smoke impacts to any nearby communities. All burn areas will be patrolled during and following ignitions.

All prescribed burns are completed in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Forestry smoke management plan. For more information about prescribed burning, please contact the Prineville BLM at (541) 416-6700.

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