Wednesday, July 26, 2017

BMIDC Morning Briefing, Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

BMIDC MORNING BRIEFING
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
BMIDC's Website
7/25  (NEW) INITIAL ATTACK
Fires
Acres
Umatilla National Forest
1
0.1
Wallowa Whitman National Forest
2
0.2
Vale District BLM Baker Area
0
0
NEO Oregon Department of Forestry
0
0
WA DNR Snake River Unit
0
0
WA WFS, Washington Fire Service
0
0
BIA Umatilla Agency
1
20.14
Total
4
20.6
INCIDENT SUMMARY
7/25
OR-WWF-000517: (Mud Lake) BPFZ. T7S R36E Sec 1 NESE, Grande Ronde Lake Area, 24 Miles NW of Baker City, OR. Human Caused. .1 Acres. Controlled 7/25.

OR-BIA-000518: (Kirkpatrick Fire). BIA Umatilla Agency. T2N R33E Sec 2 NWSE, Mission Area, 1 Mile North of Mission, OR . Grass Fire. 20.14 Acres. Controlled 7/25.

OR-UMF-000519: (Weed Spring) WWRD. T1S R37E Sec 10 NESE, Knob Creek Area, 12 Miles North of La Grande, OR. Human Caused. .1 Acres. Controlled 7/25.

OR-WWF-000520: (Landry) WFZ. T4S R45E Sec 16 SWSW, Aneroid Lake, 10 Miles South of Joseph, OR. Human Caused. .1 Acres. Resources on Scene 7/25.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

BMIDC Morning Briefing, Tuesday, July 25, 2017

BMIDC MORNING BRIEFING
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
BMIDC's Website
7/24  (NEW) INITIAL ATTACK
Fires
Acres
Umatilla National Forest
0
0
Wallowa Whitman National Forest
0
0
Vale District BLM Baker Area
0
0
NEO Oregon Department of Forestry
1
.1
WA DNR Snake River Unit
0
0
WA WFS, Washington Fire Service
0
0
BIA Umatilla Agency
0
0
Total
1
.1
INCIDENT SUMMARY
7/24

510 Fire, OR-972S-000510.  BKE ODF.  T7S R38E Sec 17 NENW.  Bulger Flat Area.  17 Miles NW of Baker City, OR.  .1 Acres.  Human Caused.  Grass and Timber. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Fuel Conditions and Fire Danger Prompt Fire Managers to Increase Restrictions on Private Lands

Recent hot and dry weather has increased fire danger in northeast Oregon.  The indices that fire managers use to measure seasonal fire severity are indicating extreme fire conditions across the region.  Oregon Department of Forestry-Northeast Oregon managers are instituting additional wildfire prevention measures in the Regulated Use Closure. 

Effective at 12:01 a.m. July 26, 2017 the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has added additional restrictions to the Regulated Use Closure for lands within the Northeast Oregon District.  The Regulated Use Closure affects private, state, county, municipal, and tribal lands in seven counties:  Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla and small portions of Malheur, Grant and Morrow Counties.  The Regulated Use Closure is intended to prevent or minimize human-caused wildfires and to protect natural resources and public health and safety.

“The increased restrictions are put into place to help prevent human caused fires.  The fuel conditions have reached the point where we need to try and prevent as many fire starts as possible.” said Matt Howard, Wallowa Unit Forester.  So far this year, ODF’s Northeast Oregon District has had 7 human-caused fires that have burned 22.6 acres. 

The Regulated Use Closure includes the following fire prevention measures:

·       Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated locations.  Designated locations within the Regulated Use Closure area includes, but is not limited to, the following Oregon State Parks:  Emigrant Springs, Ukiah Dale, Catherine Creek, Hilgard Junction, Red Bridge, Wallowa Lake, Minam and Unity Lake.  Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.

·       Chain saw use is prohibited, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Chain saw use is permitted at all other hours, if the following firefighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one axe, one shovel, and one 8 ounce or larger fire extinguisher.  In addition, a fire watch is required at least one hour following the use of each saw.

·       Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, or at a cleared area. 

·       Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), is prohibited except on improved roads, except in the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.

·       Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is permitted at all other hours, if conducted in a cleared area and if a water supply is present, unless specifically waived by the State Forester.

·     Mowing of dried and cured grass with power driven equipment is prohibited between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

·     Use of fireworks is prohibited.

·       Any electric fence controller in use shall be: 1) Listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer Business Services; and 2) Operated in compliance with manufacturer’s instructions.

·       Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling except on state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one 2 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher.

Aside from these restrictions, also prohibited throughout fire season is debris burning (including burn barrels) and the use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition.  Sky lanterns are illegal in Oregon.

Citizens are asked to continue to use caution and adhere to regulations. Possession of the following firefighting equipment is strongly encouraged (except on state highway, county roads and driveways): one shovel and one gallon of water, or one 2 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher.

The public is also reminded that the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests, as well as the BLM are currently under public use restrictions.  Current fire restrictions for forestlands in Northeast Oregon can be found at www.bmidc.org

http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com/ is your spot for current fire information in the Blue Mountains. 
Find us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/oregondeptofforestryNEO/

To report a fire, call Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch at (541)963-7171 or dial 9-1-1.

Public Use Restrictions Increase

Chainsaw use prohibited and campfires allowed only in designated recreation sites

John Day, Pendleton and Baker City, Ore. - Forest officials will implement Phase B Public Use Restrictions at 12:01 AM on Thursday, July 20, 2017, on the Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests due to high fire danger, the potential for human caused fires, and concern for public safety.   The increased restrictions pertain to the use of campfires, smoking, chainsaws, internal combustion engines, and generators.

Beginning Thursday, campfires will ONLY be allowed in designated campgrounds and recreation sites. Liquefied or bottled gas stoves and heaters are allowed for cooking and heating.  A list of designated recreation sites is available on the forest’s websites. 
Operating an internal combustion engine, such as a chainsaw, is prohibited. The public is reminded that personal-use firewood cutting is governed under current Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) restrictions.   Current IFPL Levels are posted on the John Day Interagency website at http://bicc-jdidc.org/jdidc/intelreport.shtml and on the Blue Mountain Interagency website at http://bmidc.org/ifpls.shtml.
Generators will only be allowed in the center of an area at least 10 feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable material, or; when fully contained within a pickup truck bed that is devoid of all flammable material, or; when factory installed in a recreational vehicle and the generator exhaust discharge is located in the center of an area at least 10 feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable material.

Smoking is only allowed within enclosed vehicles, buildings, and developed recreation sites or when stopped in an area cleared of all flammable material.

As a reminder, travel restrictions prohibit motor vehicles traveling off of designated Forest roads and trails, except for the purposes of going to or from campsites located within 300 feet of an open road. Motorized travel on segments of road where access is blocked by gate, barricade, log, boulder or earthen berm is also prohibited.  Vehicles must still abide by all laws and regulations pertaining to the area of travel.

Regulated closures are in effect on State and private lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) in northeast and central Oregon.  Please check with your local Oregon Department of Forestry office for public use restrictions on lands protected by ODF.  For more complete information contact a local Oregon Department of Forestry office or visit one of the interagency dispatch center’s webpages:
John Day Interagency Dispatch webpage:  http://bicc-jdidc.org/index.shtml
Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch webpage: www.bmidc.org

Similar restrictions may be in effect on State and private lands protected by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (WA-DNR).  More information can be found on the WA-DNR website at: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/

For more information and a list of designated recreation areas and campsites where campfires are permitted during Phase B Public Use Restrictions, please contact:

Malheur National Forest:
Information Hotline: John Day (541) 575-3000
Twitter: @MalheurNF
Umatilla National Forest:
Information Hotline: Toll-Free (877) 958-9663
Twitter: @UmatillaNF

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest:
Information Hotlines: Baker City (541) 523-1234; La Grande (541) 962-8679; Joseph (541) 426-5552
Twitter: @WallowaWhitman

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BMIDC Morning Briefing, Monday, July 24, 2017

BMIDC MORNING BRIEFING
Monday, July 24, 2017
BMIDC's Website
7/23  (NEW) INITIAL ATTACK
Fires
Acres
Umatilla National Forest
0
0
Wallowa Whitman National Forest
0
0
Vale District BLM Baker Area
0
0
NEO Oregon Department of Forestry
0
0
WA DNR Snake River Unit
0
0
WA WFS, Washington Fire Service
0
0
BIA Umatilla Agency
0
0
Total
0
0
INCIDENT SUMMARY
7/23

No Activity To Report

Sunday, July 23, 2017

BMIDC Morning Briefing, Sunday, July 23, 2017

BMIDC MORNING BRIEFING
Sunday, July 23, 2017
BMIDC's Website
7/22  (NEW) INITIAL ATTACK
Fires
Acres
Umatilla National Forest
0
0
Wallowa Whitman National Forest
0
0
Vale District BLM Baker Area
0
0
NEO Oregon Department of Forestry
0
0
WA DNR Snake River Unit
0
0
WA WFS, Washington Fire Service
0
0
BIA Umatilla Agency
0
0
Total
0
0
INCIDENT SUMMARY
7/22

No Activity To Report

Saturday, July 22, 2017

BMIDC Morning Briefing, Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

BMIDC MORNING BRIEFING
Saturday, July 22, 2017
BMIDC's Website
7/21  (NEW) INITIAL ATTACK
Fires
Acres
Umatilla National Forest
0
0
Wallowa Whitman National Forest
0
0
Vale District BLM Baker Area
0
0
NEO Oregon Department of Forestry
1
0.1
WA DNR Snake River Unit
0
0
WA WFS, Washington Fire Service
0
0
BIA Umatilla Agency
0
0
Total
1
0.1
INCIDENT SUMMARY
7/21

BKE ODF-000490 (Greenhorn):, T10S R35E Sec 9 NESE, Greenhorn, 32 miles W of Baker City, OR. (.1 Acres). Human Caused. Fire Out 7/21