Prescribed fires are ignited when predicted weather patterns and fuel conditions will minimize smoke impacts to air quality and public health. Specialists follow policies outlined in the Oregon Department of Forestry Smoke Management Plan, which governs prescribed fires and attempts to minimize impacts to visibility and public health. Once ignited, units are monitored and patrolled until they are declared out.
Wildfires, such as Two Bulls (2014, left) can impact the lives, property and lifestyles of people living or recreating in Central Oregon. Hazardous fuels, coupled with typical summer weather, can create conditions that increase fire danger.Prescribed fire is one tool used to reduce fuel loadings and potential impacts to communities from wildfire, as well as protect key habitat components.
This interactive map is best viewed using Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or IE 9 (or higher). Note that most pile burning units (burning of previously "gathered" or "piled" materials) are not included on this map.