About 300 acres of the Lostine Wildlife Area will be burned this spring to improve big game habitat. The area provides summer and winter range for mule deer and Rocky Mountain elk.

"A lot of brush has come up and conifers are encroaching on the grassland," said Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife district wildlife biologist Vic Coggins. Burning the area will eliminate the conifers and brush and invigorate the grassland habitat to provide better big game forage.

The prescribed burn was schedule for sometime between mid-March and mid-April, depending on weather conditions. The plan was to set the fire by helicopter and managed it on the ground by U.S. Forest Service personnel.

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