US Forest Service ‘burn boss’ arrested for reckless burning in Eastern Oregon

By Zach Urness
Statesman Journal
October 20, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A U.S. Forest Service “burn boss” was arrested by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office after a controlled fire escaped and burned 20 acres of private land near Seneca, about 25 miles south of John Day in Eastern Oregon. A 39-year-old man who was in charge of the Starr 6 controlled burn in Malheur National Forest was charged with reckless burning and released without bail, Grant County officials said. The incident took place Wednesday when the controlled fire — meant to eliminate overstocked forests with low intensity fire — escaped near milepost 2 on Izee Highway. It burned 18 to 20 acres of private land owned by the Holliday Ranches, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The Forest Service confirmed the escaped fire and said it was “caught within the hour.”

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