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Fire managers begin prescribed burns in Klamath and Lake counties

Tuesday saw the beginning of the North 2 and Coyote prescribed fires, which will each affect hundreds of acres over the next several days.

Posted: May 4, 2021 4:46 PM
Updated: May 4, 2021 4:48 PM

CHILOQUIN, Ore. — Fire managers began two separate prescribed burns between Klamath and Lake counties on Tuesday, according to the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP).

Test firing at the North 2 prescribed burn near Chiloquin began shortly after noon and "went well," SCOFMP said. The project is intended to burn up to 4,000 acres over the course of three to five days, using helicopter to ignite fuels from the air when conditions permit.

The North 2 burn is located about seven miles northeast of Chiloquin, near the Two Four Two Fire burn scar. Residents and visitors are told to expect increased aircraft, firefighter equipment on the road, and possible smoke impacts. Forest Road 4502 is closed for the burn, and the public is told to avoid the area.

"If anyone is inside the closed area, all aviation resources will be forced to land," SCOFMP said.

Meanwhile, crews are also beginning a prescribed burn near Silver Lake in Lake County. Tuesday's work is expected to burn 93 acres, but fire managers plan to burn between 250 and 275 acres in the area over the next several days. Smoke may linger in the area for three to seven days, SCOFMP said.

"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," the partnership concluded.

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