Thinning, mowing, and prescribed burning completed earlier this year has helped firefighters battle the Milli Fire and protect private properties near Sisters, Oregon.
The Milli Fire is still burning (60% containment) but the flanks of the fire nearest the community were easier to defend and hold thanks to the restoration efforts of the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project (DCFP).
One of the original awardees of funding under the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Act (2009), the DCFP has been successful at bringing a diverse group of stakeholders together to work through a variety of environmental and forest health issues to offer practical, beneficial solutions to the forest issues in Central Oregon. This has resulted in multiple forest restoration and hazardous fuels reduction projects carried out by the Deschutes National Forest.
In this case, projects were implemented close to the homes and structures just west of Sisters, Oregon on federal land. And now, less than a year later when threatened by wildfire, the landscape did not provide the thick vegetation needed to sustain and further a high intensity fire. A carefully planned and carried out fuels reduction project adjacent to private property allowed firefighters to stop the advancing fire and protect the homes nearby.
The Cohesive Strategy strongly encourages these types of collaborative efforts that lead to smart, on-the-ground projects on landscapes and around communities that have to live with wildfire.
Click on the video above for the story and here for more information on the DCFP.