Fire Management

Spring 2018 Shevlin Park and Phil’s Trail Prescribed Spring Fires

Bend Park and Recreation District is working closely with the U.S. Forest Service for a planned one- or two-day prescribed fire between April 9 and June 5, tentatively scheduled depending on weather. They’re planning for a 94-acre prescribed fire located in the recently expanded area of Shevlin Park near the Tree Farm development.  This is on the east (Bend) side of Tumalo Creek. Find more information below.

Spring 2018 Shevlin Park and Phil’s Trail Prescribed Fires

This spring, the Bend Park and Recreation District and U.S. Forest Service has scheduled a 94-acre prescribed fire for Shevlin Park. The prescribed burn is tentative planned for one- or two-days between April 9 and June 5. These dates are subject to weather conditions and final preparations for the sites.

During the burn, staff will also be on-site at key trailheads to alert anyone about the fire and areas to be avoided. On the day of the prescribed fire, Shevlin Park will be closed. Firefighters will monitor the area for several days following the burn. The park will be available for recreation once it’s safe to reopen the park.

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Prescribed Fire FAQ:

When will a prescribed fire occur at Shevlin Park?

The District is working closely with the U.S. Forest Service on the exact timing of the prescribed fire this spring. Currently, we have tentative plans for a one- or two-day prescribed fire between April 9 and June 5. These dates are subject to weather conditions and final preparations for the site.

Where will the prescribed fire be located?

The prescribed fire area is located in the recently expanded area of Shevlin Park near the Tree Farm development. This is on the east (Bend) side of Tumalo Creek.  Signage is in place to inform park visitors about the current preparations for the burn.

Why is fire being reintroduced at Shevlin Park?

Historically, fire was the main disturbance that created and maintained Shevlin Park’s vegetation species composition and densities.  Without fire, the park’s landscape drastically changed with less resilient plant species and increased risk of a catastrophic fire. Re-introducing fire will provide numerous benefits to Shevlin Park’s natural resources.

What should neighbors and park users expect during the prescribed fire?

People in the area should expect to see a good deal of fire personnel activity in the area on the day of the fire.  People should also expect to see smoke the day of the fire and a day or two after the fire.  Historic weather patterns general cause the majority of smoke to stay along Tumalo Creek and not carry east toward Bend. There will be signage throughout the area to provide notification about the fire activity.

How was the prescribed fire area selected?

The U.S. Forest Service, working with BPRD, identified this area to reduce hazardous fuels and reduce the risk of a severe fire. This area was selected as follow-up to a successful prescribed fire in spring 2017. The 48-acre area burned last year bounced back quickly with new growth within weeks.

How long will the prescribed fire last?

As planned, the prescribed fire should be completed in a day or two. Once it is safe to reopen the park, signage will be removed and areas will be available for recreation.

What is the role of fire in the District’s vegetation management plan?

The goals of this prescribed fire as well as the overall vegetation management plan are to:

  • Maintain plant communities that are resistant to a large scale disturbance
  • Create and maintain a landscape that is resilient to disturbance
  • Create and maintain wildlife habitat
  • Maintain natural aesthetics for increasing recreational opportunities
  • Preserve the historical and archaeological heritage of the park

Spring 2018 Shevlin Park and Phil’s Trail Prescribed Spring Fires

Bend Park and Recreation District is working closely with the U.S. Forest Service for a planned one- or two-day prescribed fire between April 9 and June 5, tentatively scheduled depending on weather. They’re planning for a 94-acre prescribed fire located in the recently expanded area of Shevlin Park near the Tree Farm development.  This is on the east (Bend) side of Tumalo Creek. Find more information below.

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    Spring 2018 Shevlin Park and Phil’s Trail Prescribed Fires

    This spring, the Bend Park and Recreation District and U.S. Forest Service has scheduled a 94-acre prescribed fire for Shevlin Park. The prescribed burn is tentative planned for one- or two-days between April 9 and June 5. These dates are subject to weather conditions and final preparations for the sites.

    During the burn, staff will also be on-site at key trailheads to alert anyone about the fire and areas to be avoided. On the day of the prescribed fire, Shevlin Park will be closed. Firefighters will monitor the area for several days following the burn. The park will be available for recreation once it’s safe to reopen the park.

    Images:

    Prescribed Fire FAQ:

    When will a prescribed fire occur at Shevlin Park?

    The District is working closely with the U.S. Forest Service on the exact timing of the prescribed fire this spring. Currently, we have tentative plans for a one- or two-day prescribed fire between April 9 and June 5. These dates are subject to weather conditions and final preparations for the site.

    Where will the prescribed fire be located?

    The prescribed fire area is located in the recently expanded area of Shevlin Park near the Tree Farm development. This is on the east (Bend) side of Tumalo Creek.  Signage is in place to inform park visitors about the current preparations for the burn.

    Why is fire being reintroduced at Shevlin Park?

    Historically, fire was the main disturbance that created and maintained Shevlin Park’s vegetation species composition and densities.  Without fire, the park’s landscape drastically changed with less resilient plant species and increased risk of a catastrophic fire. Re-introducing fire will provide numerous benefits to Shevlin Park’s natural resources.

    What should neighbors and park users expect during the prescribed fire?

    People in the area should expect to see a good deal of fire personnel activity in the area on the day of the fire.  People should also expect to see smoke the day of the fire and a day or two after the fire.  Historic weather patterns general cause the majority of smoke to stay along Tumalo Creek and not carry east toward Bend. There will be signage throughout the area to provide notification about the fire activity.

    How was the prescribed fire area selected?

    The U.S. Forest Service, working with BPRD, identified this area to reduce hazardous fuels and reduce the risk of a severe fire. This area was selected as follow-up to a successful prescribed fire in spring 2017. The 48-acre area burned last year bounced back quickly with new growth within weeks.

    How long will the prescribed fire last?

    As planned, the prescribed fire should be completed in a day or two. Once it is safe to reopen the park, signage will be removed and areas will be available for recreation.

    What is the role of fire in the District’s vegetation management plan?

    The goals of this prescribed fire as well as the overall vegetation management plan are to:

    • Maintain plant communities that are resistant to a large scale disturbance
    • Create and maintain a landscape that is resilient to disturbance
    • Create and maintain wildlife habitat
    • Maintain natural aesthetics for increasing recreational opportunities
    • Preserve the historical and archaeological heritage of the park

    Forest Health & Fire Fuel Reduction

    Historically fire played an essential ecological role across the Central Oregon landscape.  Prior to European-American settlement, most ponderosa pine forests experienced surface fires at intervals ranging from one to 30 years.

    These frequent low intensity fires created open-park like stands with mature ponderosa pines and other fire resilient species such as western larch and lodgepole pine.  Understory fuel loads were naturally managed as shade tolerant shrubs and trees were killed by frequent fires.

    The District is reintroducing prescribed fire as part of its overall management of natural park areas. By improving vegetation health and managing fire fuels at parks and natural areas, it makes the parks and natural areas more resistant and resilient to wildfire.

    Goals of the vegetation management plan:

    • Maintain plant communities that are resistant to a large scale disturbance
    • Create and maintain a landscape that is resilient to disturbance
    • Create and maintain wildlife habitat
    • Maintain natural aesthetics for increasing recreational opportunities
    • Preserve the historical and archaeological heritage of parks

    Our Forests Need Fire

    Fire helps the forest remain healthy.

    Fire has and will always be a part of the landscape of Central Oregon. The forests and rangelands of the region are shaped by the frequency, pattern, and severity at which they burn. Ponderosa pine and dry mixed-conifer forests historically burned very frequently and with relatively low flame lengths, resulting in forests of large, widely spaced trees with scattered grasses and shrubs in many locations.

    Without prescribed or naturally occurring fire in the 20th century, shrubs and smaller trees are more prevalent, providing fire fuel that is problematic.

    Planning for Prescribed Fire

    Prescribed fires are carefully planned and monitored to achieve goals.

    Fire management is informed by research scientists who specialize in forest and fire ecology, wildlife biology, the interaction of insects and fire, and fire behavior. Fire professionals manage forest vegetation and fuels, and rely on an extensive system of monitoring to help evaluate the effectiveness of their work.

    Restored Forests for Safer Communities

    Forest management restores healthy forests and protects our communities.

    Vegetation management is a year-round effort with thinning, brush mowing, and prescribed fire. Previous thinning and prescribed fire efforts were instrumental in preventing the loss of homes at Black Butte Ranch in the 2002 Cache Mountain and 2008 GW wildfires.

    Please Excuse Our Smoke

    Some smoke in the air, while inconvenient, is a sign that important restoration work is occurring.

    Fire professionals minimize the amount and duration of smoke impacts from prescribed fires by burning when:

    1.  Light winds will blow smoke away from urban areas;
    2. The prescribed fire area will burn completely and not smolder for long periods;
    3. Following federal and state requirements; and
    4. Working closely with state meteorologists and smoke forecasters.

    Typically, prescribed fire smoke impacts only last a few hours, often at night or early morning hours before most people are awake.

    Smoke from wildfires, on the other hand, may last for days or weeks and the air quality impacts can be significant.

    Sustaining Our Forests

    Prescribed fire helps ensure we have a beautiful forest to live near, to play and work in, and to provide the many benefits we care about.

    Without fire’s influence on this landscape, our fire-adapted ecosystems are less healthy in the face of fire, drought, insects, and disease. This can lead to loss of opportunities for recreation and tourism, leave our communities at greater risk to wildfire, reduce our forest’s natural ability to absorb and store carbon, effect habitat for a diversity of wildlife, decrease the resilience of the ecosystem to the effects of climate change and drought, decrease water quality, and increase potential for flooding.

    Our Forests Are Resilient

    Recently burned forests recover rapidly from prescribed fires, becoming healthier and more resilient to future wildfires.

    The native plants and animals of Central Oregon are well adapted to fire, with different species requiring forests in different stages of development to thrive. Fire creates habitat that is important for some species, such as the black-backed woodpecker. Fire recycles nutrients and stimulates new growth of grasses and shrubs, providing habitat and food for a diversity of wildlife.

    Questions?
    For more information, please contact:

    Jeff Amaral
    Natural Resources Manager
    JeffA@bendparksandrec.org
    (541) 706-6202

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    Our Forests Need Fire

    Fire helps the forest remain healthy.

    Fire has and will always be a part of the landscape of Central Oregon. The forests and rangelands of the region are shaped by the frequency, pattern, and severity at which they burn. Ponderosa pine and dry mixed-conifer forests historically burned very frequently and with relatively low flame lengths, resulting in forests of large, widely spaced trees with scattered grasses and shrubs in many locations.

    Without prescribed or naturally occurring fire in the 20th century, shrubs and smaller trees are more prevalent, providing fire fuel that is problematic.

    Planning for Prescribed Fire

    Prescribed fires are carefully planned and monitored to achieve goals.

    Fire management is informed by research scientists who specialize in forest and fire ecology, wildlife biology, the interaction of insects and fire, and fire behavior. Fire professionals manage forest vegetation and fuels, and rely on an extensive system of monitoring to help evaluate the effectiveness of their work.

    Restored Forests for Safer Communities

    Forest management restores healthy forests and protects our communities.

    Vegetation management is a year-round effort with thinning, brush mowing, and prescribed fire. Previous thinning and prescribed fire efforts were instrumental in preventing the loss of homes at Black Butte Ranch in the 2002 Cache Mountain and 2008 GW wildfires.

    Please Excuse Our Smoke

    Some smoke in the air, while inconvenient, is a sign that important restoration work is occurring.

    Fire professionals minimize the amount and duration of smoke impacts from prescribed fires by burning when:

    1.  Light winds will blow smoke away from urban areas;
    2. The prescribed fire area will burn completely and not smolder for long periods;
    3. Following federal and state requirements; and
    4. Working closely with state meteorologists and smoke forecasters.

    Typically, prescribed fire smoke impacts only last a few hours, often at night or early morning hours before most people are awake.

    Smoke from wildfires, on the other hand, may last for days or weeks and the air quality impacts can be significant.

    Sustaining Our Forests

    Prescribed fire helps ensure we have a beautiful forest to live near, to play and work in, and to provide the many benefits we care about.

    Without fire’s influence on this landscape, our fire-adapted ecosystems are less healthy in the face of fire, drought, insects, and disease. This can lead to loss of opportunities for recreation and tourism, leave our communities at greater risk to wildfire, reduce our forest’s natural ability to absorb and store carbon, effect habitat for a diversity of wildlife, decrease the resilience of the ecosystem to the effects of climate change and drought, decrease water quality, and increase potential for flooding.

    Our Forests Are Resilient

    Recently burned forests recover rapidly from prescribed fires, becoming healthier and more resilient to future wildfires.

    The native plants and animals of Central Oregon are well adapted to fire, with different species requiring forests in different stages of development to thrive. Fire creates habitat that is important for some species, such as the black-backed woodpecker. Fire recycles nutrients and stimulates new growth of grasses and shrubs, providing habitat and food for a diversity of wildlife.

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    Questions?
    For more information, please contact:

    Jeff Amaral
    Natural Resources Manager
    JeffA@bendparksandrec.org
    (541) 706-6202

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