“While fall is definitely in the air, we need people to still use extreme caution when they’re out and about. Conditions can change rapidly on a warm or windy day, especially in the lighter fuels and lower elevations. Make sure all fires are dead out and cool before leaving the area. This is when we see our human caused fire numbers really climb.” said Logan McCrae, La Grande Unit Forester.
This year, humans have caused 40 fires on the Northeast Oregon District. These fires have totaled over 185 acres burned.
Restrictions including the use of chainsaws, mowing, or cutting, welding and grinding have been terminated. It is important to remember the use of exploding targets, as well as tracer ammunition or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge are prohibited during fire season. The use of sky lanterns is prohibited throughout the year in Oregon.
The Northeast Oregon District includes private, state, county, municipal and tribal lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry in seven counties: Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla, and small portions of Malheur, Morrow and Grant.
To report a fire, call Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch at (541)963-7171 or dial 9-1-1.