The Blue Ridge Fire was discovered as a lightning start on Wednesday, July 3. Malheur National Forest Type 3 Incident Management Team is managing the Blue Ridge Fire on the Blue Mountain Ranger District.
Crews and personnel from Malheur National Forest, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service, and Oregon Department of Forestry are using an indirect strategy that will allow the forest to achieve resource objectives, primarily the reduction of dead and down fuels.
This indirect strategy is similar to spring burning, however the source of ignition is a wildfire. These actions will build upon fall 2018 and spring 2019 burning when the Forest safely and successfully accomplished prescribed fire operations on approximately 13,450 acres. These burnout operations will reduce surface fuels (including needle litter and dead and down wood), increase the height of some canopy, reduce small tree densities, and helped promote fire resilient trees, thereby improving our ability to protect communities from wildfire. Additionally, these operations improve wildlife habitat, promote long-term ecosystem integrity and sustainability by reducing the risk of high-severity wildland fire.