As we head toward winter, Deschutes National Forest rangers are still working to protect our forests from wildfires — at times, by setting them ablaze.
A 78-acre prescribed fire as set Tuesday at Shevlin Park, and a public tour was held to let community members learn more about prescribed fires.
In an effort to maintain forest health and to reduce chances of future fires, Bend Parks and Recreation is using prescribed fires as a part of its vegetation management plan for Shevlin Park. Previous prescribed fires the park took place in 2017, totaling 150 acres.
The Forest Service said this year’s prescribed fires were set in two areas. A 56-acre unit is in a newly expanded portion of Shevlin Park that was a former tree farm. In addition, 22 acres in the Fremont Meadow area on the other side of Tumalo Creek will be burned.
The prescribed burn improves community safety for those living in the area and improves wildland conditions for firefighters, officials said.