Crews Begin Prescribed Burns Along Coast

FLORENCE, Ore. — Smoke could be seen for miles out on the Florence coast Thursday, as the Siuslaw National Forest employees started their first of two prescribed burns. The prescribed burn got started around 10 a.m. and crews are now all done for the day. People living close to the area should still expect to … Continue reading »

Controlled Burn near Fern Ridge

EUGENE, Ore. — The Army Corps of Engineers performed a controlled ecological burn just off Spires Lane near Fern Ridge Reservoir Thursday. Crews were originally planning to burn an 80-acre lot near the intersection of Highway 126 and Fisher Road, but the recent rains called for a change of plans. Organizers say these prescribed burns … Continue reading »

Controlled Ecological Burn

EUGENE, Ore. — On Tuesday, firefighters were in West Eugene setting some nearby prairie lands on fire. Meadowlark Prairie went up in flames, but for a good cause. Firefighters were out doing some annual controlled ecological burns to promote new growth in the habitats. Crews gathered early Tuesday to scope out the scene. They made … Continue reading »

Controlled Burn Planned for This Week

EUGENE, Ore. — Fire crews will be setting fire to the west Eugene wetlands this week for a controlled ecological burn. However, they need to wait for a day when weather conditions are just right so that nearby homes won’t be endangered. The Bureau of Land Management says burns like this one improve the habitat … Continue reading »

Firefighters Train to Battle Wildfires

SWEET HOME, Ore. — New firefighters battled the heat during firefighter training on Friday. For some of them, this was the first time they’d ever fought a fire. During the week-long fire school, students spent time in the classroom learning about hazards to avoid while on the job and about emergency medical procedures like CPR. … Continue reading »

Controlled Burn on Mt. Pisgah

EUGENE, Ore. — Parts of Mt. Pisgah were closed Monday so that the Lane County Parks Division could perform a controlled burn. The burn took place on the south end of the Howard Buford Recreation Area, closing trails three and six. Parks workers say these burns are important to ensure the survival of native species … Continue reading »

Controlled Burn in West Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — A controlled burn was to blame for the heat and flames off Danebo Road in west Eugene Sunday. About 50 acres were torched, lofting a huge plume of smoke into the air. The Bureau of Land Management and Eugene and Springfield fire managed the blaze. It’s primarily to benefit endangered species in … Continue reading »

More Prescribed Burns this Weekend

FERN RIDGE, Ore. — People living in the Fern Ridge area may notice a hazy atmosphere this weekend. That’s because the BLM will be doing some prescribed burns near the intersection of Royal Avenue and Fisher. The burning will start Saturday and continue through Sunday, when there will be a burn near Danebo. The BLM … Continue reading »

Backyard Burn Ban Still in Effect

BENTON COUNTY, Ore. — A burn ban is still in effect for Linn, Benton and Marion counties. The Oregon Department of Forestry is reminding residents that even though summer is over, backyard debris burning is still banned until further notice due to dry weather. The department says because there has been little rain, fire danger … Continue reading »

Controlled Burn Benefits Wildlife

BENTON COUNTY, Ore. — You may have noticed a large plume of smoke hovering over the Willamette Valley Thursday afternoon.  There’s no need to worry, it was a prescribed burn put on by state and U.S. departments. U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the Oregon Department of Forestry crews set off controlled burns at the William … Continue reading »