Information below released in a 09/16/10 Media Advisory from Linc Mann, Bureau of Environmental Services
September 16, 2010 -- On Saturday, September 25, 2010, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) will burn six acres of invasive vegetation at Mason Flats Wetland near NE Airport Way and NE 170th Avenue. There is no public access to the city-owned property.
Pictures from a Controlled Burn at Powell Butte on August 17, 2009
The controlled burn will remove reed canarygrass, Himalayan blackberry, and other invasive plants. Burning invasive vegetation reduces the need for mechanical and chemical controls, and provides wildland firefighting training for PF&R personnel.
The burn will prepare the site to plant native vegetation. Restoring native grasses, shrubs, sedges, rushes and other wetland plants will create a more diverse and healthy ecosystem, and will improve water quality and wildlife habitat.
Based on the amount of flammable material on the site, PF&R estimates the fire will last about 40 minutes and mop-up will take about two hours. Fire personnel will monitor the site for at least 24 hours after the burn. Environmental Services and Portland Parks & Recreation are responsible for ongoing management of the Mason Flats Wetland Project.
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