La Grande, OR- Firefighters throughout the state have been busy following numerous lightning events this month. This is only one of the concerns for fire managers. Human-caused fires have been a factor for firefighters as well. “It’s startling how many human-caused fires we’re seeing right now.” Steve Meyer, Protection Supervisor said. “Firefighting resources are spread pretty thin at this point in the summer. Now is the time we are really asking for cooperation in following the Public Use Restrictions, also known as Regulated Use Closure.”
Fire crews in the Baker Sub-Unit responded to a fire on Sunday morning that was clearly left from a gathering the night before. “There were numerous signs of a get-together left at the scene. As with all our suspicious, human-caused fires, we are investigating this. Ultimately, the responsible parties can be held liable for the cost of the suppression effort if they are caught.” Meyer stated.
As hunting season and Labor Day approach, it is especially important for people to pay attention to the restrictions. The nights may feel cooler, but the fuel conditions indicate that we are still deep in fire season. Many of the measurements that fire managers use to assess conditions, are pointing at drought-like conditions.
Travelers through forestlands should be prepared for emergencies by, possessing the following firefighting equipment: one shovel and one gallon of water or one 2 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher.
Restrictions may vary depending on the land manager or management agency. Current Public Use Restrictions can be found at:
Private landowners within ODF’s protection boundaries may have additional requirements. Know what these requirements are before heading out.
http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com/ is your spot for current fire information in the Blue Mountains.
To report a fire, call Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch at (541)963-7171 or dial 9-1-1.