Public-Use Restrictions and Wildfire Information

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Road Closures implemented during the 2015 Grizzly Bear Complex Fire have been lifted as of August 1, 2016



Public-Use Restrictions (PURs)

Forest officials will implement Phase B public use restrictions at 12:01 AM on Friday, August 19, 2016 on the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests due to high fire danger, the potential for human caused fires, and concern for public safety.   The increased restrictions pertain to the use of campfires, smoking, chainsaws, internal combustion engines, and generators.

Beginning Friday, August 19, 2016:

  • Campfires will ONLY be allowed in designated campgrounds and recreation sites. Liquefied or bottled gas stoves and heaters are allowed for cooking and heating. 
    • Campfires must be attended at all times, and completely extinguished prior to leaving.
    • Persons with campfires are required to have a tool that can serve as a shovel and one gallon of water in their possession (except in specified developed recreation sites listed in Exhibit A). 
    • Wood burning stoves equipped with a chimney that is at least five (5) feet in length with a spark-arresting screen consisting of ¼ inch mesh hardware cloth are allowed in developed recreation sites.
  • Operating an internal combustion engine, such as a chainsaw, is prohibited. The public is reminded that personal-use firewood cutting is governed under current Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) restrictions.   Current IFPL Levels are posted on the Blue Mountain Interagency website at
  • Generators will only be allowed in the center of an area at least 10 feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable material, or; when fully contained within a pickup truck bed that is devoid of all flammable material, or; when factory installed in a recreational vehicle and the generator exhaust discharge is located in the center of an area at least 10 feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable material.
  • Smoking is only allowed within enclosed vehicles, buildings, and developed recreation sites or when stopped in an area cleared of all flammable material.
  • As a reminder, travel restrictions prohibit motor vehicles traveling off of designated Forest roads and trails, except for the purposes of going to or from campsites located within 300 feet of an open road. Motorized travel on segments of road where access is blocked by gate, barricade, log, boulder or earthen berm is also prohibited.  Vehicles must still abide by all laws and regulations pertaining to the area of travel.

Regulated closures are in effect on State and private lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) in northeast and central Oregon.  Please check with your local Oregon Department of Forestry office for public use restrictions on lands protected by ODF.  Visit the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch webpage at: or contact a local Oregon Department of Forestry office for more complete information.  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:


where campfires are permitted during Phase B Public Use Restrictions

North Fork John Day
Ranger District

  • Bear Wallow Campground
  • Big Creek Meadows Campground
  • Frazier Campground
  • North Fork John Day Campground
  • Olive Lake Campground
  • Oriental Campground
  • Welch Creek Campground   
  • Winom Creek Campground
  • Fremont Cabin Rentals
  • (metal or brick fire rings only)


Heppner Ranger District

  • Bull Prairie
  • Ditch Creek Guard Station


Walla Walla Ranger District

  • Jubilee Lake Campground
  • Mottet Campground
  • Target Meadows Campground
  • Woodland Campground
  • Woodward Campground
  • Approved campfire pits in Spout Springs
    and Tollgate Summer Homes Tract

Pomeroy Ranger District

  • Alder Thicket Campground
  • Big Springs Campground
  • Forest Boundary Campground
  • Godman Campground
  • Ladybug Campground
  • Meadow Creek Trailhead
  • Midway Campground
  • Misery Spring Campground
  • Panjab Campground
  • Panjab Trailhead
  • Panjab Overflow Trailhead
  • Pataha Campground
  • Rose Spring Sno-Park
  • Teal Spring Campground
  • Tucannon Campground
  • Wickiup Campground
  • Clearwater Big House Cabin Rental
  • Clearwater Lookout Cabin Rental
  • Godman Guard Station Cabin Rental
  • Tucannon Guard Station Cabin Rental
  • Wenatchee Guard Station Cabin Rental
  • Approved campfire pits in the Summer Home Tracts


Current Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPLs) and Fire Danger Ratings  Information Specific to Location


Do other Forests and land management agencies have restrictions in place?

The following Forests/Agencies may have restrictions in effect.  Please check their individual websites for specific information:

For regional information visit the Pacific Northwest Fire Prevention website 

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Wildfire Information

Current wildfire updates will be posted on the InciWeb- and on the Forest's Facebook page.
Wildfire information can also be tracked on the Blue Mountain (BMIDC) or John Day (JDIDC) Interagency Dispatch Center Websites


Frequently Asked Questions

Is Firewood Cutting Allowed?

Personal-use firewood cutting requires a permit on the Umatilla National Forest.  If you have a valid firewood permit, chainsaw-use restrictions are regulated by the current Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) by specific geographical areas.  
Click here to view the current IFPL and chaisaw-use restriction for the location you wish to cut firewood.

You can also obtain IFPL information for the Umatilla National Forest by calling 1-877-958-9663.


Can I have a campfire? 

As of August 19, 2016, campfires are only allowed in designated campgrounds and recreation sites under the PHASE B Public Use Restrictions.     



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