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Taylor Butte wildfire treated as a prescribed burn

Fire crews made the decision to turn a small wildfire in Butte County into a controlled burn.

Posted: Jun 6, 2019 7:12 PM
Updated: Jun 6, 2019 7:12 PM

CHILOQUIN, Ore.,--On Saturday afternoon, lightning started a small and slow-moving fire about 20 miles east of Chiloquin. Instead of putting out the fire immediately, U.S. Forest Service saw an opportunity to control and expand the Taylor Butte Fire.

"We saw a window of opportunity where we were coming out of a very wet system that brought the lightening with it and we had a little drying period experiencing a cool down that were going into right now and the rain we just received," says U.S. Forest Service assistant fire manager Evan Wright.

Crews lined the fire at 293 acres. The forest area was unmaintained and crews said treating this fire as a prescribed burn would lessen the fire risk in the area for later in the summer.

"Through the evaluation of the fuels conditions out here, given with the wet string and moisture we've had all spring we were able to determine that we could benefit from this," says Wright.

U.S. Forest Service says the fire is 50% contained now and should be completely contained by Saturday night.

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