Malheur County fire season in effect, experts provide guidance

A Bureau of Land Management fire crew conducts pile burning of cut juniper at Hunter Mountain, north of Juntura, on May 13. (The Enterprise/Photo Courtesy of BLM)

Fire season is underway in Malheur County, and the Vale District of the Bureau of Land Management has already responded to a number of recent fires.

The Vale BLM is expecting a much more active and severe fire season than in 2019, said Al Crouch, fire mitigation and education specialist in Vale. The BLM began to see fires in the Vale District in May, and the area is on track for a dry year, Crouch said.

While the dryness has slowed down due to recent rain, he said hotter weather can rapidly change that.

He said it was too early to predict the fire potential in the . . .