Public-Use Restrictions and Wildfire Information
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Current Wildfire Information/Closures:
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: www.bmidc.org 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: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/.
DESIGNATED CAMPGROUNDS AND RECREATION SITES
where campfires are permitted during Phase B Public Use Restrictions
North Fork John Day
- 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?
Current wildfire updates will be posted on the InciWeb-http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ 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.
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