Deschutes NF Press Release: Pile Burning Begins at Higher Elevations on the Forest

The Deschutes National Forest fuels specialists plan to ignite approximately slash piles along Cascade Lakes Highway near Wanoga, Mt. Bachelor and Elk Lake beginning tomorrow. Ignitions are expected to take place for the rest of the week.

Smoke from these piles could be visible from Bend and could last into next week. Please do not report smoke from these slash piles. Fuels specialists continue to monitor piles until they are declared out.

Fuels specialists follow policies outlined in the Oregon Department of Forestry smoke management plan, which governs prescribed fires (including pile burning) and attempts to minimize impacts to visibility and public health.

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