Fire management officials on the Pomeroy Ranger District are implementing a large-scale prescribed natural fuel burn today.
The Dark Canyon prescribed burn is anticipated to take 2-5 days to complete and includes 1,750 acres of grass, brush, timber litter and timber understory in the Lick Creek Game Management Hunting Unit. The objective of the burn is to improve foraging habitat for big game, reduce long-term wildfire risk through reductions in existing fuel loading, and to restore the ecological functions of a fire adapted ecosystem to the area. #KnowBeforeYouGo Hunters and forest visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and avoid the area during prescribed burning activities.
Interested in more details on this prescribed burn? The Umatilla National Forest has developed a prescribed fire interactive map displaying planned burning activities, which is available at https://tinyurl.com/y8b433th. The interactive map allows the user to zoom in on certain areas and click on a burn unit for more information (such as acreage, status, etc). When burning operations begin the interactive map will be updated to display which burn units are actively burning. Check it out!
Maps of the proposed prescribed burns are also located on InciWeb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5808/.