Friday, June 12, 2015


While the May rains delayed the early drying of fuels in Northeast Oregon, fire managers are concerned about the warm, dry, and windy weather that we have been experiencing.  This concern has prompted officials with Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) to declare FIRE SEASON beginning at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, June 16 for forest and range lands protected by ODF Northeast Oregon District.  “The warming and drying trend that we are seeing now, along with the windy conditions across much of the area, will lead to quickly drying fuels.  We want to make sure that we are prepared with the prevention measures that help us to minimize human-caused fire starts.”  Steve Meyer, Unit Forester for La Grande and Baker said.  A fire season declaration places fire prevention restrictions on landowners and public.  Additionally, fire prevention regulations on industrial logging and forest management activities are put into place.  Lands affected include private, state, county, municipal, and tribal lands in Union, Baker, Wallowa, and Umatilla counties along with small portions of Malheur, Morrow and Grant counties within the Northeast Oregon Forest Protection District.  This area encompasses approximately 2 million protected acres.  Landowners and recreationists are urged to use caution in areas of dry, cured vegetation.  Meyer states “We didn’t receive the snowpack that we generally count on in the area.  Because of this, this year may be a busy year for firefighters.  We are asking that the folks that live, work, and play in the forest to use caution and good prevention measures this summer.” 

During Fire Season:

·         Burn Permits for burn barrels and all open burning except camp fires are required on all private forest and range lands within the Northeast Forest Protection District of the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).  Contact your local ODF office in La Grande, Baker City, Wallowa, or Pendleton to acquire a Burn Permit.

·         Landowners who conducted burning of slash piles last fall and this past spring are encouraged to check the piles to ensure that they are completely out and all heat is gone.   It is not uncommon for recently burned slash piles to retain heat in them for several months after the actual burning of the piles. 

·         Logging and other industrial operations must meet requirements for fire prevention, such as fire tools, water supply, and watchman service when those operations are occurring on lands protected by ODF.  Contact your local Stewardship Forester at any ODF office for more information.

·         Campfires must be DEAD OUT!  Recreationists are reminded that campfires need to be attended and fully extinguished before being left.  Get permission from the landowner prior to starting a campfire. 

The extended forecast for Northeast Oregon calls for warm temperatures with little chance for precipitation for the next few days.

For further information, contact the Oregon Department of Forestry at these local offices:

              La Grande Unit                  (541) 963-3168

              Baker City Sub-Unit          (541) 523-5831

              Wallowa Unit                    (541) 886-2881

              Pendleton Unit                   (541) 276-3491

To report a fire, dial 9-1-1. 

For information on the weekends call:
Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center               La Grande                          (541) 963-7171


Visit our website at or contact a local Oregon Department of Forestry office for more complete information on ODF Restrictions.

Please check with your local Forest Service office for fire regulations on National Forest land.  Information on Public-Use Restrictions on the Oregon Department of Forestry, Umatilla National Forest and Wallowa Whitman National Forest can be found at under Current Information: Fire Restrictions. is your spot for current fire information in the Blue Mountains. 



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