Pile burning planned at Shevlin Park, south of La Pine by highway. 31

(Update: BLM heap burn planned south of La Pine)

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – With cool temperatures in place, teams from Bend Park and the Recreation District will conduct small pile burning operations in Shevlin Park between Wednesday and December 15. The park remains open. The stack burn area is south of Shevlin Park Road, between Aspen Bridge and Larch Bridge, and is signposted.

Pile burning efforts are focused on reducing woody debris to help restore aspens and included in the park’s vegetation management plan. The plan aims to maintain forest health and reduce the potential negative effects of a severe forest fire in Shevlin Park.

The piles are about the size of a campfire, and each pile should be burnt in a day or two, although some combustion may be present for a few days. Since pile burning is weather dependent, burn dates can be extended if necessary. Once the burn is complete, the signage will be removed.

During the active pile burning period, nearby residents and park visitors can see and smell the smoke. People are encouraged to keep their doors and windows closed during the burn to reduce the impact of the smoke.

District staff will monitor the area for several days after operations.

More information on park district fire management can be found here.

Meanwhile, the Prineville BLM plans to burn 269 acres of piles in the Outback Project area, approximately 8 miles south of La Pine and on the east side of Highway 31. Smoke from these piles can be seen from the area. route 31. The crews plan to start scorching Thursday and hope to complete the project in two days.

Piles are concentrations of leftover material from previous thinning projects designed to remove hazardous fuels that can burn during forest fires. Where possible, the material was first offered for firewood, commercial sale or biomass use; with some remaining materials scattered to rehabilitate sites and close roads created by users.

Any prescribed burn is highly dependent on favorable temperature, humidity and wind conditions. Each of these prescribed burns will not begin until the conditions are right to meet the burn objectives, while minimizing the impact of the smoke on surrounding communities.

All prescribed burn areas will be patrolled during and after ignitions. Prescribed burns are carried out in conjunction with the Oregon Forestry Department’s Smoke Management Plan. Additionally, fire and fuel managers are working closely this year with air quality and public health authorities on prescribed burns due to COVID-19.

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