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BLM Plans Prescribed Burn At Dean Creek
Fire officials with the Bureau of Land Management plan to conduct controlled pasture burns at the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area July 9th and 10th. Approximately 100 acres will be carefully burned to improve elk forage and habitat at the popular wildlife viewing area. The prescribed burn is part of the BLM’s yearly efforts to improve grazing conditions at Dean Creek so the wild herd of 80 to 100 Roosevelt elk will continue to use the pastures. The BLM will burn the pasture land east of the restroom and interpretive kiosk. The operation is expected to occur over a two day period, but the exact dates could fluctuate if the weather conditions change.
“While we’re improving habitat, we’re taking steps to protect the public’s health and safety. We make every effort to minimize impacts from smoke on the local community by carefully burning during ideal conditions,” said Bill Elam, Fuels Specialist with the BLM’s Coos Bay District.
Smoke from the burn may be visible from Reedsport, and cause occasional traffic delays on Highway 38. Any closures on the highway are expected to be short in duration. Drivers are asked to travel cautiously through the Dean Creek area and traffic controllers will help direct traffic during periods of reduced visibility. The viewing area and restrooms will remain open during the burn operation.
For additional information, call the BLM’s Coos Bay District Office at 541-756-0100.