In observance of the Christmas Holiday, all Malheur National Forest offices will close at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24th and be closed all day on Thursday, December 25th, as well as, Friday, December 26th, per President Obama’s Executive Order.
Offices will reopen for business on Monday, December 29th, 2014.
Forest Staff would like to wish visitors and partners a safe and very happy holiday season!
Supervisors Office / Blue Mountain Ranger District Hours of Operation: 7:45 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday
431 Patterson Bridge Rd
Mailing: PO BOX 909
John Day, OR 97845
Emigrant Creek Ranger District
Winter Hours of Operation: 8:00 am to 4:30, Closed for Lunch 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm. Monday to Friday.
265 Highway 20 South
Hines, OR 97738
Prairie City Ranger District
Winter Hours of Operation: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Closed 11:30 to 12:30 for lunch. Monday to Friday
Blue Mountain and Prairie City Ranger Districts will begin pile burning multiple units over the next couple months.
The piles are in areas where fire crews have completed fuels reduction projects, which include thinning and removing lower limbs from trees, and removing dead wood and brush from the forest floor. Pile burning is an effective way of eliminating woody debris, affording benefits to wildlife habitat, while lessening the risk of catastrophic wildfire and risk to firefighters in the event of a large scale fire. All burning is done within parameters set forth in an approved burn plan.
Burning will occur only if weather and air quality conditions allow for safe and successful burning and smoke dispersion. Burning may have some short-term impacts on air-quality levels, but will be accomplished during weather conditions minimizing impacts. When driving in areas of activity, please slow down, use headlights and be cautious of firefighters and equipment.
Ignitions are complete for approximately 2,000 acres total in the Knox unit of the Prairie City Ranger District, as well as the Crawford and 18 Road Corridor units on the Blue Mountain Ranger District.
Forest Officials are continuing to assess conditions for burning in the remaining units across the forest. Prescribed burns are weather dependant; timing of work on each unit will depend on weather and air quality.
Visitors can expect to see imtermittent smoke in each burn vacinity. Signs will be posted alerting visitors about upcoming burns. Forest visitors can expect to see engines and fire crews monitoring these fires until they are declared out.
To report a wildfire or to report theft or damage to government property, call the John Day Interagency Dispatch Center at 541-575-1321.
The Bald Sisters Fire will be deemed controlled at 1800 today.With this, fire staff on the forest will rescind the Bald Sisters area closure effective Tuesday, October 28th at 2400. This reopens the area to public use.
Minimal smokes may persist within the burn area through the beginning of winter. Resources will continue to monitor the fire.
Forest officials ask that the public uses caution when travel in the burn area. Be alert for hazards such as snag trees, slick ash, and erosion. Hazard tree removal has been done along road right of ways. During wind events, an increase in snags falling may occur within the burn perimeter.