Monday, October 31, 2022

Public Use Restrictions lifted on the Umatilla National Forest

 PENDLETON, Ore. (October 31, 2022) — Recent precipitation and cooler weather conditions across the Umatilla National Forest has decreased fire danger, prompting fire managers to lift all public use restrictions pertaining to recreational chainsaw use, smoking, and off-road travel, effective 12 a.m. on Oct. 31, 2022.

The public is encouraged to practice safe campfire principles when recreating in dispersed and developed campsites. Forest officials recommend the following campfire safety precautions:

  • Campfires should be in fire pits surrounded by dirt, rock, or commercial rings and in areas not conducive to rapid fire spread.  All flammable material shall be cleared within a 3-foot radius from the edge of the pit and free of overhanging material. Use existing pits wherever possible. (Note: within the Grande Ronde Scenic Waterway, campfires must be contained in a fireproof container (i.e., "fire pan") with sides of a height sufficient to contain all ash and debris, and all ashes and debris must be removed from the river corridor. Do not use or construct fire pits or rock fire rings within the Scenic Waterway.)
  • Campfires must be attended at all times, and completely extinguished prior to leaving.
  • Persons with campfires should carry a tool that can serve as a shovel and one gallon of water in their possession. The intent of this recommendation is to ensure individuals with a campfire to have the tools necessary to completely extinguish their campfire.

The public’s awareness of the current fire danger and cooperation is essential. Recreationists, firewood cutters, hunters, and other forest users can all help by closely adhering to restrictions, operating safely and cautiously and keeping up-to-date on the latest orders and regulations.

Please check with a local Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) office for public use restrictions on lands protected by ODF.  Additional information is also available at one of the interagency dispatch centers’ webpages:

Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch webpage:  

John Day Interagency Dispatch webpage:  

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:

For more information about the Umatilla National Forest’s Public Use Restrictions, please contact the Umatilla National Forest Information Hotline at 1-877-958-9663, or visit our website at

Additional information about the Umatilla National Forest is available at:


Tuesday, October 25, 2022

BMIDC Morning Briefing, Tuesday, October 25th 2022



Tuesday, October 25th, 2022  




Umatilla National Forest  



Wallowa Whitman National Forest  



Vale/PRD District BLM Baker Area  



NEO Oregon Department of Forestry  



WA DNR Snake River Unit  



BIA Umatilla Agency 







Fire Activity 


Initial Attack 

OR-UMA-000547, Casino. BIA UMA. T2N R33E 22 NWNW. 2 Miles SW of Mission, OR. .1 Acres, Human Caused. Resources Responded 10/24. Grass. 


Previously Reported Incidents 

OR-UMF-000479, Slick Ear.  PRD.  T6N R40E 26 SWNE.  Slick Ear Creek Area.  28 Miles NE of Elgin, OR. 900 Acres.  Lightning Caused.  Resources Responded. 

OR-WWF-000400, Double Creek.  WVFZ.  T1S R49E Sec 31.  Grizzly Ridge Area.  10 Miles SW of Imnaha, OR.  171,505 Acres.  Lightning Caused.  Resources Responded 8/30.  Timber.  

OR-WWF-000380, Nebo.  WVFZ.  T5S R46E Sec 17.  Imnaha Divide Area.  13 Miles SE of Joseph, OR.  12,609 Acres.  Lightning Caused.  Resources Responded 8/26.   

OR-WWF-000353, Goat Mountain 2. WVFZ. T2S R43E Sec 30. Goat Mountain Area. 9 Miles South of Lostine, OR. 584 Acres. Lightning Caused. Reconned From the Air 8/23. 

OR-WWF-000334, Sturgill.  WVFZ.  T3S R42E Sec 23.  North Minam River Area.  17 Miles SW of Joseph, OR.  23,162 Acres.  Lightning Caused.  Resources Responded 8/22. 

Example: OR-974S-001114, Buck. WAL ODF.  T4N R44E Sec 11 NWNW. Courtney Creek Area. 29 Miles North of Enterprise, OR.  .1 Acres.  Unknown Cause.  ODF Stat Fire.  Resources Responded 9/29.  Contained 9/29.  Grass.