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Pile Burning at Malheur NWR

Recently, 48 acres of pile burning was completed on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Resources from the Burns Interagency Fire Zone (BIFZ) completed this work, with a total of 78 acres of piles burned on both U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. The FWS, BLM, U.S. Forest Service (FS), and the State of Oregon share cooperative fire suppression responsibilities within the BIFZ. The BIFZ extends nearly 200 miles from the Oregon-Nevada border on the south into the Blue Mountains on the north, covering over 3.36 million acres of public land. Here, hazardous fuels were reduced and then burned to limit the threat of wildfire near the town of Frenchglen, Oregon. The small town is almost completely bordered by Malheur Refuge. This area is considered to be in the ‘wildland urban interface,’ roughly defined as the zone where natural areas and development meet. The FWS, along with the BIFZ, work closely with neighboring communities to reduce future wildfire risks to homes near national wildlife refuges and other federal lands. To learn more about the Wildland Urban Interface and Fire Management within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visit: www.fws.gov/fire/living_with_fire/wildland_urban_interfac...

Photo credit: Shane Theall.

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Taken on January 25, 2013