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BLM Prescibed Burns At Dean Creek July 9 and 10
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. Drives 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.
According to Bob Golden, Dean Creek site manager, burning the pastures has proved very successful. “Each year we burn, we see amazing growth of high quality grasses afterwards, which keeps the elk using the area for food and shelter,” said Golden.
For information, call the Coos Bay District Office at 541-756-0100.