Prescribed Burn to occur Wednesday in Shevlin Park
April 26, 2021
April 29, 4:00 pm update: The Shevlin Park prescribed burn is complete. North of Shevlin Park Road is open. The southern portion of Shevlin Park remains closed and is anticipated to reopen on Friday, April 30.
April 28, 3:30 pm update: The Shevlin Park prescribed burn is now about 75 percent complete. It will be completed today. North of Shevlin Park Road will open on Thursday, 4/29. The southern portion of Shevlin Park will be closed on Thursday.
This Wednesday, April 28, fuel specialists with the Deschutes National Forest in coordination with the Bend Park and Recreation District (BPRD) will conduct prescribed fire operations within Shevlin Park on the northwest side of Bend.
The park will be closed during operations and smoke from the burn will be highly visible to residents of Bend. Signage will be in place to inform park visitors about the fire and park closure. Park district staff will also be on-site at key trailheads to alert anyone about the fire and closure. The park will reopen once it is deemed safe.
Specialists will underburn 66 acres within the park. The prescribed fire area is located near Fremont Meadow.Ignitions will occur only on Wednesday and will begin at approximately 10 a.m. and should end by 5 p.m.
Smoke and residual burning will be visible in the area for up to a week post ignition. Subdivisions and neighborhoods on the west side of Bend can expect some nighttime and early morning smoke impacts after the burn. Residents in Tumalo also can expect nighttime and early morning smoke impacts as evening cooling will bring smoke down through the Tumalo drainage.
In addition to meeting forest restoration objectives by introducing fire into a ponderosa pine ecosystem, this prescribed burn is occurring within the Wildland-Urban Interface of Bend. Prescribed burning is an important preventative step in reducing potential impacts of a wildfire to Bend, Shevlin Park, and critical transportation corridors.
The public can find an interactive map of prescribed burns as well as air quality information at this link: https://www.centraloregonfire.org/wildfire-smoke-air-quality-maps-2/ If the public wants to sign up for text alerts about prescribed fires and wildfires they should text COFIRE to 888-777.
Learn more about BPRD’s fire management efforts here.
The public is encouraged to close their windows at night and if smoke is on the roadway, turn on headlights and slow down while traveling through smoky areas. The public’s health is important to the Forest Service and BPRD. While significant preventive measures are taken, many factors influence a person’s susceptibility to smoke, including severity and duration of smoke exposure and a person’s health. If individuals feel impacted by smoke, they should avoid outdoor physical exertion and remain indoors. If people experience serious health impacts from the smoke, they should contact their doctor. For more information about smoke and health, visit the Oregon Health Authority recommendations through this link: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/Preparedness/Prepare/Pages/PrepareForWildfire.aspx#health