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USFS conducts burns in Camp Sherman area

Given favorable weather conditions, fuel specialists with the U.S. Forest Service plan to conduct up to two prescribed fires beginning Wednesday, May 14.

Approximately 70 acres are planned to be burned adjacent to Black Butte Ranch and one-quarter mile southwest of Highway 20 in the Glaze Meadow area, and about 33 acres could be burned three miles north of Camp Sherman, adjacent to the east side of Forest Road 14 in the Metolius Basin Research Natural Area.

The prescribed fire planned adjacent to Black Butte Ranch is part of the Glaze Meadow Restoration Project, a project which was accomplished through close collaboration between the Forest Service, public, and representatives from both the environmental and timber communities.

Project goals include improving wildlife habitat and minimizing the potential of future high intensity wildfires. Black Butte Ranch and Highway 20 could be impacted by smoke as a result of the project.

The prescribed fire planned in the Metolius Basin Research Natural Area is part of a long-term forest health research project which examines prescribed fires applied at varying intervals. Camp Sherman, House on Metolius, and other areas north of Camp Sherman could be impacted with smoke as a result of the project.

Due to the location of these units, the public could see smoke and drivers may experience smoke impacts on nearby highways and forest roads. For all prescribed fires, signs will be posted on significant nearby forest roads and state highways that could be impacted. No road closures are anticipated with the two projects.

Fuels specialists will follow policies outlined in the Oregon Department of Forestry smoke management plan, which governs prescribed fires, and attempts to minimize impacts to visibility and public health. For more information, visit the Ochoco/Deschutes website at www.fs.usda.gov/centraloregon, or follow the burn project on Twitter @CentralORFire.



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