Thursday, September 22, 2016

Regulated-Use Closure Terminated on Lands Protected by Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Season Still in Effect

As of 12:01 am, September 23, 2016, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has terminated the Regulated-Use Closure for forestlands protected by the Northeast Oregon District.  Due to the change in weather, the closure and the associated fire prevention restrictions are no longer necessary.  Campfires fires are now allowed with landowner permission.  Joseph Goebel, Wallowa Wildland Fire Supervisor, cautions “While we are trending towards cooler fall weather, the conditions can change rapidly.  Parts of the region have gotten some moisture and while that has helped, there is still a danger of fire spreading.  Make sure you’re cautious with campfires and debris burning and ensure they are dead out before leaving them unattended.”

While fire restrictions have eased, Fire Season remains in effect for private, state, county, municipal and tribal lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry.  Burn permits are required for all open fires (except campfires), debris burns and burn barrels.  ODF will still need to issue a burn permit for any open burns or burn barrels within the protection district until weather conditions warrant an end to fire season.    

The Northeast Oregon District includes lands in the following counties:  Union, Baker, Umatilla, Wallowa and small portions of Grant, Morrow and Malheur counties.

To obtain a burn permit from ODF, call your local ODF office:
La Grande Unit           (541)963-3168
Baker City Sub-Unit   (541)523-5831
Wallowa Unit             (541)886-2881
Pendleton Unit            (541)276-3491

Fire restrictions may differ on lands protected by rural fire departments or lands managed by the US Forest Service or BLM.  Check local regulations before burning.  More information on fire restrictions can be found the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center website at

To report a fire, call the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center at (541)963-7171, or dial 9-1-1.  is your spot for current fire information in the Blue Mountains. 


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