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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

Greater La Pine Area Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project

In a more open stand, wildfires would primarily stay on the ground and would be safer to control.
In a more open stand, wildfires would primarily stay on the ground and would be safer to control.

Over the next several years the BLM will continue implementing vegetation treatments in wildland urban interface (WUI) throughout the La Pine Basin. These projects focus on altering key components of wildfire behavior such as surface fuels, ladder fuels and crown (canopy) density. By doing this, we are able to increase fire suppression effectiveness and provide increased protection of life, property and natural resources. These fuels reduction treatments also have the added benefit of helping improve overall forest health and minimizing large-scale occurrences of insect or disease. These objectives are described in The Greater La Pine Community Wildland Urban Interface Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project Environmental Assessment (PDF).

After thinning dense stands of lodgepole and ponderosa pine the majority of the harvested material is then removed by a commercial biomass contractor. The remaining woody debris will be either piled and burned or lopped and scattered depending on the quantity of debris and the distance to private property.

Current Activities

Brush and dense, short pine trees act as a ladder to carry wildfire into the canopy where fires kill more trees and are harder to control than ground fires.
Brush and dense, short pine trees act as a ladder to carry wildfire into the canopy where fires kill more trees and are harder to control than ground fires.
  • Doghair Fuels Reduction Treatment: 3000-acre commercial thinning and biomass removal is underway. Mastication and piling to begin this summer or fall. An updated map is attached here (PDF).
  • Dusty Fuels Reduction Treatment: Commercial thinning, biomass removal and hand-piling is complete; 200 acres of pile burning scheduled for fall 2013/winter 2014.
  • La Pine State Park Fuels Reduction Treatment: 275 acres of hand-piles remain to be burned fall 2013/winter 2014.
  • Wildcat Fuels Reduction Treatment: Fuels reduction complete.

Interested parties can monitor this website as it will be updated periodically about planned vegetation management activities within the Greater La Pine Area. Additional questions can be addressed by contacting Sheldon Rhoden at 1-541-416-6780.

Information regarding firewood permits and availability can be found in the Central Oregon Personal Use Firewood Synopsis (PDF) or contact Steve Castillo at 541-416-6765.

To Report a Wildfire: Call 911 or 1-800-314-2560