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 2013 the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman developed a new three-phase public use restriction plan for implementation.  Click here to view the three-phase plan.


Public Use Restrictions lifted effective September 17, 2013

see news release

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Information Specific to Location 


Wildfire Information

Vinegar Fire: A fire burning in the Greenhorn Unit of the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area near Vinegar Hill. Road, trail and area closures have been lifted (September 5, 2013)

Information on the Vinegar Fire can now be found on the Inciweb (Incident Information Website) at

For more information, please contact Public Affairs at 541-278-3722.  Follow us on Twitter @UmatillaNF.


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



Frequently Asked Questions

Is Firewood Cutting Allowed?

Yes. Firewood season for 2013 has been extended to November 30, 2013.   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? 

Yes. Campers are urged to use caution when building and tending campfires.  Never leave a campfire unattended!


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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