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Sisters Ranger District set to resume pile burning this week, continue rest of winter

U.S. Forest Service file

SISTERS, Ore. (KTVZ) — Sisters Ranger District fire management specialists will resume pile burning near Suttle Lake and the Three Creek Lake areas this week.

Ignitions are slated to begin Wednesday, if conditions are favorable, and continue throughout the winter as conditions allow, officials said Tuesday.

No road or trail closures are anticipated. Smoke impacts are expected to be minimal; however, smoke may be visible from the greater Sisters area, Camp Sherman, and along Highway 26 between Sisters and Santiam Pass.

Once ignited, piles are monitored by firefighters until declared out. Piles may smolder, burn, and produce smoke for several days after ignition. While smoke may linger in the area, there is a real benefit to burning this type of vegetation, the Forest Service said. The piles are concentrations of leftover materials associated with previous vegetation management activities intended to remove hazardous fuels.

When smoke is present, motorists should reduce speed and turn on headlights. All efforts will be made to limit smoke impacts to area neighborhoods and communities. The possibility exists for smoke to settle in low-lying areas due to cool night-time temperatures. Residents in areas near burn operations are encouraged to close windows at night to avoid possible smoke impacts.

For more information on hazardous fuels reduction projects in Central Oregon, visit the interactive website at  or visit and follow us on Twitter @CentralORFire. For further questions contact the Sisters Ranger District at (541) 549-7700.

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  1. The area burns up in the summer because of stupid people so now they are going to burn it all winter long also. Talk about pollution. Where are the liberal crybabies screaming global warming

    1. Seems like a bit of an oversimplification. Lighting starts fires too. Getting rid of some of the fuels, and burning at times when the winds are favorable seems like a wise decision to me.

    2. No fuel, no fire. Burn the fuel when there is moisture so that in the summer, advancing fires are deprived of fuel spread. You can breath a couple weeks of moderate smoke now or breath months in the summer. I choose the former.

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