Sisters Ranger District Plans Prescribed Burn Adjacent to East Side of Hwy 20 on Wednesday

Sisters, Ore – If conditions remain favorable, firefighters on the Sisters Ranger District plan to conduct prescribed burn operations on Wednesday approximately four miles northwest of Sisters on the east side of Highway 20 across from the Cold Springs Cutoff (Forest Service Road 1012) junction and just south of Indian Ford Campground.

Firefighters plan to conduct prescribed burning on up to 290 acres on the Hwy 20/IFR Units 62/63/80 Prescribed Burn. Ignitions are planned to begin around 10 a.m. While no road or trail closures are anticipated, drivers are asked to slow down, turn on headlights and use caution where firefighters and fire traffic is present. Flames may be visible from Highway 20. Flaggers and signage will be used as needed.

Smoke will be visible from Highway 20, Sisters, Indian Ford Road, Stevens Canyon, Cascade Meadows subdivision and the surrounding area. Residents in these areas are encouraged to keep doors and windows closed to minimize smoke impacts. Smoke impacts are most likely overnight and in the early morning hours.

Prescribed burning reintroduces and maintains fire within a fire-dependent ecosystem helping to stabilize and improve the resiliency of forest conditions while increasing public and firefighter safety. Once firefighters ignite prescribed burns, they patrol the units until they declare the burn out.

This prescribed burn is occurring within the Central Oregon Landscape, one of 21 focal landscapes identified within the Forest Service’s Wildfire Crisis Strategy. The implementation of this prescribed burn supports the Deschutes National Forest’s commitment to addressing the Wildfire Crisis Strategy which aims to reduce severity of wildfires, protect communities, and improve the health and resiliency of fire-dependent forests.

Prescribed burns can protect homes from tragic wildfires. Fire management officials work with Oregon Department of Forestry smoke specialists to plan prescribed burns. Prescribed burns are conducted when weather is most likely to move smoke up and away from our communities. While prescribed fire managers take significant preventive measures, it’s likely that communities may experience some smoke during or immediately after a prescribed burn. 

What does this mean for you?

During prescribed burns, smoke may settle in low-lying areas overnight and in the early morning hours.

  • All residents are encouraged to close doors and windows at night to avoid smoke impacts.
  • If available, use a portable air cleaner. Air cleaners work best running with doors and windows closed. You can also create a DIY air cleaner.
  • If you have a central air system, use it to filter air. Use high-efficiency filters if possible.
  • When driving in smoky areas, drivers should slow down, turn on headlights and turn air to recirculating.
  • If you have heart or lung disease, asthma, or other chronic conditions, pay attention to how you feel and if symptoms of heart or lung disease worsen, consider contacting your health care professional.
  • Go to centraloregonfire.org to learn more about smoke safety and prescribed burning in Central Oregon and visit When Smoke is in the Air for more smoke preparedness resources.

For more information on prescribed burning in Central Oregon, visit centraloregonfire.org/ and for information specific to the Deschutes National Forest visit www.fs.usda.gov/deschutes. Follow us on X/Twitter @CentralORFire. Text “COFIRE” to 888-777 to receive wildfire and prescribed fire text alerts.


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