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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Two Prescribed Burns Scheduled Tuesday in Jackson County

The Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management will conduct burns in two areas today.

1. Approximately 25 acres of hazardous fuels near the town of Rogue River. Ignitions will start around noon and smoke will be visible from a number of places around the valley, including Interstate 5, but should diminish significantly by late afternoon. The area is about 5 miles NNW of Rogue River on the Right Fork of Fielder Creek. The burn will be staffed by a 20 person crew and two engines. This is in the same area where burning took place on Sunday and Monday.

2. About 100 acres of hazardous fuels near the north shore of Lost Creek Lake. Ignitions will start around 11:00 a.m. and smoke will be visible in the area. Boaters on the lake and motorists between Shady Cove and Prospect will likely see smoke in the afternoon. The burn will be staffed by a 20 person crew, two engines, and two water tenders.

For more information, please call the Prescribed Fire Information Line at 1-800-267-3126 or 541-618-2354.

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