Silver Lake, ORE. – The Silver Lake District, USFS, has started prescribed firing operations on the Coyote Prescribed Fire.  Prescribed fires are only conducted as weather conditions and resources allow.

The Coyote prescribed fire activities will focus on burning in the Silver Lake area.  Although today’s work is expected to burn 93 acres, fire managers plan to burn from 250 to 275 acres in total, (across three different units) to reduce fuel loading to minimize extreme fire behavior. Ignitions are planned for two shifts. Smoke may last up to three to seven days in the Silver Lake community.

Frequent, low-intensity fire removes accumulated smaller fuels and recycles nutrients in the soils to promote healthy vegetation and wildlife habitat. A healthier forest is a safer forest for firefighters and residents when wildfires inevitably occur.

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