KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- A few state and federal agencies are collaborating for prescribed burns tomorrow near Klamath Falls. The land involved includes about 1,500 acres.
Today, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Klamath-Lake District says the prescribed fires will occur on property about six miles southwest of Klamath Falls, near Midland. It says it is working with Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODF&W), the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and other local fire agencies to conduct the prescribed burn on private land owned by the Rat Club and two of the three islands that comprise Gorr Island owned by the ODF&W.
ODF says the prescribed fire is set "to restore, create, enhance, and maintain the increasingly rare habitat that is found at this location. For best wetland management, removal of invasive vegetation will enhance the likelihood of native species to return. In turn this will improve habitat for wildlife."
It says several methods of ignitions will be used during this event, and airboats, fire engines, and a dozer-water tender combo will be used to monitor during the burn. ODF says with the location's vegetation there is low risk for fire spread due to natural barriers surrounding the area.
ODF says the Rat Club RX burn will happen "when weather conditions and smoke dispersion are favorable. For the safety of fire personnel and the public, traffic control will be available if the smoke impedes Highway 97. Watch for prescribed fire signs and be aware of smoke in the area both during and after ignition, which may affect visibility on area roads. Also, watch for increased fire personnel and vehicles in the area."