Information regarding current wildfire activity in the Blue Mountain area of Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington. Hosted by Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center, Oregon Department of Forestry's Northeast Oregon District, Umatilla National Forest, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Public Use Restrictions Increase to Phase B
July 25, 2018
Contact: Mike Stearly (541)575-3144, Darcy Weseman (541) 278-3722 or Katy Gray
Restrictions Increase to Phase B Chainsaw use prohibited and campfires allowed only in designated
Day, Pendleton and Baker City, Ore. – Forest officials will
implement Phase B Public Use Restrictions at 12:01 AM on Friday, July 27, 2018, 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 Friday, 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,
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:
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: