The fall pile burning, managed by firefighters, will reduce wildfire risks and restore local ecosystems.

COURTESY PHOTO: MT. HOOD NATIONAL FOREST - Controlled burns will take place on the Mt. Hood National Forest this fall.

As temperatures cool down and the rainy season begins, fire management staff on the Mt. Hood National Forest will begin fall pile burning. The controlled burns will reduce wildfire risk and restore local ecosystems to a healthier condition for wildlife and forest communities.

Burn piles are created during hazardous fuels reduction projects, fire suppression, timber sales and timber stand improvement projects designed to improve landscape resilience to disease and disturbance.

Depending on weather conditions, pile burning will continue for several weeks or months. They are monitored by firefighters until they are declared out.

In the Clackamas River Ranger District near Estacada, areas that will receive controlled burns include Forest Roads 4220, 46, 4640, 4660, 4661, 58, 5810, 63, 6330, 6340, 70 and 7010. Burns are also scheduled on the Barlow and Hood River Ranger districts.

"Smoke may be visible in the vicinity during ignition operations and for a short time," Forest Service leaders wrote in a press release. "Fire and fuels personnel follow policies outlined in the Oregon Department of Forestry smoke management plan, which help minimize smoke impacts to visibility and public health."

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