October 03, 2007 - South Marsh prescribed fire planned
Refuge firefighters and managers are beginning preparations for a planned prescribed fire at Klamath Marsh NWR. The area south of Silver Lake Highway, known as the South Marsh, has become clogged with an overabundance of think vegetation, thereby limiting nesting areas for migrating waterfowl. Key to maintaining the marshes health, prescribed fire is used to clear out the thick stocks of vegetation and reopen the area to wildlife and recreational opportunities.
Starting mid-October, refuge firefighters will begin establishing a perimeter for the burn, using mowing, haying and black-lining to create a controllable edge. When weather conditions permit, (anticipated late October to early November), crews will use a helicopter to ignite the 7,000 acre burn. During these times, some impacts to Silver Lake highway may occur, requiring 10-20 minutes delays. Motorists should always use caution when traveling through smoky conditions.
A page has been established through this web site at http://www.fws.gov/klamathbasinrefuges/fire/southmarsh.html where visitors can find updated information, maps and other burn resources. Questions regarding the burn should be directed to Carol Damberg, Refuge Manager, at (541) 783-3380.