Public-Use Restrictions and Wildfire Information

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Important! For accurate, updated information call our toll-free message phone at: 1-877-958-9663


Current Public-Use Restrictions

Public Use Restrictions (PURs) are measures put in place to reduce the risk of a wildfire starting when fire danger is extreme. These restrictions are always carefully considered before being implemented because the intent is not to ruin someone’s vacation, but to improve the safety of our public lands and resources.  Restrictions can affect where you are allowed to smoke, the types of roads you can travel, and where – or even if - you are allowed to have a campfire.

In 2014 the Umatilla, Malheur and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests implementaed a new campfire seasonal restrictions along with the three-phase public use restriction plan for implementation.  Click here to view the public-use restriction plan.

 

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Wildfire information can be tracked on the Blue Mountain (BMIDC) or John Day (JDIDC) Interagency Dispatch Center Websites

Public Use Restrictions are in effect!

PHASE A Public Use Restrictions including smoking, travel and chainsaw use are in effect as of 12:01 AM, July 19, 2014!

          see full news release / see forest order

Campfire Seasonal Restrictions in effect June 1 to Oct. 31:

Forest officials for the Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman, and Malheur National Forests announce safety regulations for building campfires when recreating on the three national forests.  Campfires will continue to be the centerpiece of family campsites across the three national forests; however beginning June 1, when building a campfire, visitors will need to have their campfire locatedin a fire pit surrounded by dirt, rock, or commercial rings, in areas cleared of all flammable material within a five-foot radius from the edge of the pit and free of overhanging material. These requirements also apply to the use of charcoal briquettes.

          see full news release / see forest order

 

 

Current Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPLs) and Fire Danger Ratings

Information Specific to Location 


 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Firewood Cutting Allowed?

Yes, but as of Saturday, July 19, 2014, chainsaw use will be prohibited during the hours of 1:00PM-8:00PM local time. A one hour fire watch is required after saw operations cease. Saw operators are required to have an axe (minimum 2 lb head, 26” length), shovel (8” wide, 26” length), and fire extinguisher (minimum ABC 8 oz) in their possession.    See full news release / see forest order

For accurate, updated information on firewood cutting restrictions, call our office at 541-278-3716 or our toll-free message phone at: 1-877-958-9663.
All forest users should carry an axe, shovel and an 8 oz. or more capacity fire extinguisher when visiting the Forest. 

 

Can I have a campfire? 

At this time yes, under certain circumstances.  Forest officials for the Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman, and Malheur National Forests announce safety regulations for building campfires when recreating on the three national forests.  Campfires will continue to be the centerpiece of family campsites across the three national forests; however beginning June 1, when building a campfire, visitors will need to have their campfire locatedin a fire pit surrounded by dirt, rock, or commercial rings, in areas cleared of all flammable material within a five-foot radius from the edge of the pit and free of overhanging material. These requirements also apply to the use of charcoal briquettes.  see full news release / see forest order

 

When Phase B campfire restrictions are in effect, campfires are allowed ONLY in designated campsites at the following designated recreation sites:

North Fork John Day
Ranger District:

  • Bear Wallow Campground
  • Frazier Campground
  • North Fork John Day Campground
  • Olive Lake Campground
  • Winom Creek Campground
  • Fremont Cabins
    (metal or brick fire rings only)

 

Walla Walla Ranger District:

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

  Heppner Ranger District:

  • Bull Prairie Campground

 

  Pomeroy Ranger District:

  • Alder Thicket Campground
  • Boundary Campground
  • Big Springs Campground
  • Godman Campground
  • Lady Bug Campground
  • Midway Campground
  • Misery Springs Campground
  • Panjab Campground
  • Pataha Campground
  • Teal Campground
  • Tucannon Campground
  • Wickiup Campground
  • Meadow Creek Trailhead
  • Panjab Trailhead
  • Panjab Trailhead overflow
  • Clearwater Cabin Rentals
  • Godman Cabin Rental
  • Wenatchee Cabin Rental
  • Approved campfire pits in the Summer Homes Tracts

 

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:

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