Photos: Prescribed fire in the Fremont-Winema National Forest
On Wednesday, firefighters of the Fremont-Winema National Forest Service were working on two prescribed burns in the eastern part of southern Oregon.
Crews were working on the West Drews burn, which covered 172 acres west of Lakeview, and the Racoon prescribed fire, located off of Highway 140, west of Klamath Falls near Odessa. The Forest Service says that there is still snow in the area of the West Drews burn, but the grass is greening up and the fire is clearing up wood debris and other fuels.
Ignition started late this morning. Firefighters are closely monitoring weather conditions to ensure the prescribed fires are done safely and within project areas, according to the Fremont-Winema National Forest Service.
"This work is important for hazardous fuel reduction, protecting our communities, restoring forest health and fire-resilient forests, and improving habitat for wildlife," said the agency in a Facebook post. "Over the past year - and even last week with the Bray Mill Fire - we have seen this investment pay off during wildfire suppression, assisting with fire suppression by modifying fire behavior."