Monday, October 19, 2015

Regulated-Use Closure terminated on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Season still in effect

As of 12:01 am, October 19, 2015, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has terminated the Regulated-Use
Closure for private forestlands protected by the Northeast Oregon District. This closure and the additional fire
prevention restrictions it included are no longer necessary as a result of changing weather and fuel conditions.
Campfires and warming fires are now allowed with landowner permission. Joe Hessel, La Grande Unit Forester,
cautions “The moisture we received over the weekend has helped lower fire danger. However, the larger fuels are
still relatively dry. Folks still need to be cautious and ensure that campfires are dead out before leaving the
Although fire restrictions have eased, Fire Season remains in effect for private, state, county, municipal, and tribal
lands protected by the Northeast Oregon District. Burn permits are still required for all open fires (except
campfires), debris burns and burn barrels. “The need for a Burn Permit for open burning and barrels will continue
until we enter a sustained trend of wetter weather.” Said Hessel. The Northeast Oregon District includes lands in
the following counties: Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla, and small portions of Grant, Malheur, and Morrow
Year to date fire information for lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry Northeast Oregon
Lightning caused: 42 fires Acres burned: 55,608
Human caused: 23 fires Acres burned: 6,472
Note that when traveling from private land onto federal land, fire restrictions may change. Please check
restrictions before conducting activities in the outdoors.
To report a fire, call the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center at (541) 963-7171, or 911.
For further information, contact your local Oregon Department of Forestry office:
La Grande Unit (541) 963-3168
Baker City Sub-Unit (541) 523-5831
Wallowa Unit (541) 886-2881
Pendleton Unit (541) 276-3491
More information can be found at the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center website Look under fire restrictions.

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