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Canyon 66 prescribed burn ignitions are starting this morning

Following successful completion of a 5-acre test burn within the unit this morning, firefighters are moving forward with aerial ignitions for the 5,072-acre Canyon 66 prescribed burn.

Ignitions on Tuesday will begin along the northwest border of the unit, and slowly work toward the interior of the unit. Pending successful completion of burning operations today, fire managers plan to continue burning the interior of the unit tomorrow and work southeast toward Forest Service Road 22.

Multiple firefighters are stationed along the containment lines for the burn to ensure fire stays within the unit’s perimeter. Road guards are posted along roads surrounding the unit to assist visitors and prevent people from entering the area during active ignitions.

Light winds out of the northwest are expected to push smoke to the southeast of the burn unit today, but smoke is expected to settle at low points overnight. Smoke will be visible in the immediate area today and from nearby communities. Forest Road 22 will remain open to public travel, but flaggers are ready to assist with traffic, if needed.

Updates for the Canyon 66 prescribed burn will be posted to centraloregonfire.org, on Twitter @CentralORFire, and on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6559/

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