The Bureau of Land Management is planning controlled burns on more than 500 acres to the southwest of Prineville later this week.
The agency’s Prineville district office announced that fuels specialists would begin burning on both sides of Millican Road, seven miles southwest of Prineville. The area has been open to residents looking to cut firewood from juniper trees, and the controlled burns help clean up remaining juniper slash piles to keep the ecosystem healthy, according to a news release from the BLM.
Crews are planning to burn 525 acres over the course of three or four days, according to the release, depending on the weather. No road closures are expected, though smoke will be visible along Millican Road, and potentially from U.S. Highway 26 near the Prineville Airport, according to the release. In the event that smoke drifts onto Millican Road, motorists should turn on their headlights, reduce speed and proceed slowly through the area.