Hazardous Fuels Program
The desired future condition for our Central Oregon forests, grasslands and rangelands is to restore hundreds of thousands of acres to conditions that are healthy, resilient and compatible with wildfire. After more than a century of fire suppression and past land management practices, our forests and rangelands have changed enough that land managers cannot safely allow wildfire to play a natural role. The presence of dense vegetation, heavy accumulations of downed woody debris, and other factors frequently make full fire suppression the only option.
Land managers with the Prineville BLM and the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests are using a combination of mechanical fuels treatments and prescribed burning to reduce the risk of severe wildfires, to improve the safety of people living or recreating on or near public lands, the safety of firefighters responding to wildfires and homes and property. These actions are also helping restore ecosystem health throughout the region.
For general maps of the 2011 Prescribed Fire Program in Central Oregon, click here and look for links under "where will we burn."
For general information on prescribed fire and mechanized treatments, please follow the link to the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests’ webpage. Follow the link for "Fire Information" on the right-hand side of the page to learn more about fire suppression, fire ecology, and fuels programs in Central Oregon.