Public-Use Restrictions and Wildfire Information

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Public-Use Restrictions (PURs)

Effective 12:01 am on September 21, 2016, public use restrictions pertaining to recreational chainsaw use, smoking, and off-road travel will be lifted on the Umatilla Forest.  Seasonal campfire restrictions will remain in place until October 31, 2016; however these campfire restrictions do not apply to designated Wilderness areas and specified exempted developed recreation sites.

Seasonal campfire restrictions include:

Campfires allowed only in fire pits surrounded by dirt, rock, or commercial rings and in areas not conducive to rapid fire spread, at a minimum clear of flammable material within a radius of 3 feet from the edge of the pit and free of overhanging material. Use existing pits wherever possible.  Warming hunter-fires are not allowed.

  • Campfires must be attended at all times, and completely extinguished prior to leaving. The use of charcoal briquettes is permitted within the clearing requirements outlined above.
  • Persons with campfires are required to have a shovel and one gallon of water in their possession (except in specified developed recreation sites listed in the Forest Order).
  • Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled gas and 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.

Please check with your local Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) office for public use restrictions on lands protected by ODF.  Visit the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch webpage at: or contact a local ODF 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
  • Driftwood 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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