Public-Use Restrictions and Wildfire Information

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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.

The Umatilla, Malheur and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests implementaed new campfire seasonal restrictions in 2015 along with the three-phase public use restriction plan for implementation.  Click here to view the public-use restriction plan and phased restrictions.

 

Phase A - Public Use Restrictions are in effect as of June 29, 2015!

Phase A is the second level of restrictions, generally implemented when the fire danger is moderate to high.  PURS are phased in collectively, as conditions warrant, and may differ from Forest to Forest.  

Phase A restrictions include: 

see full news release / see forest order

  • Chainsaws may be operated only between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. 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.

  • Smoking is allowed only in enclosed vehicles and buildings, developed recreation sites, or cleared areas.

  • No off-road/off-trail vehicle travel or travel on roads not cleared of standing grass or other flammable material; no vehicle travel on those FS roads where access has been impeded or blocked by earthen berm, logs, boulders, barrier, barricade or gate, or as otherwise identified in the Fire Order.

  • The use of exploding targets is prohibited.


Seasonal campfire restrictions/requirements for June 1- Oct. 31 apply.

  • Campfires allowed only in fire pits surrounded by dirt, rock, or commercial rings and in areas not conducive to rapid fire spread.  All flammable material shall be cleared within a 3 foot radius from the edge of the pit and free of overhanging material. Use existing pits wherever possible.

  • 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).  The intent of this requirement is to ensure individuals with a campfire to have the tools necessary to completely extinguish their campfire per “a” above.

  • 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.

  • Use of charcoal briquettes is permitted under the same restrictions as campfires described above.

The public’s awareness of the increasing fire danger and cooperation is essential to a safe fire season. Recreationists, firewood cutters, hunters, and other forest users can all help by closely adhering to restrictions, operating safely and cautiously and keeping up-to-date on the latest orders and regulations. 

 

 

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

 


Wildfire Information

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?

The Umatilla National Forest Firewood program will begin May 1, 2015.

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

1.    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 5 feet from the edge of the pit and free of overhanging material. Use existing pits wherever possible.

a.    Campfires must be attended at all times, and completely extinguished prior to leaving.

b.    Persons with campfires are required to have an axe, shovel, and one gallon of water in their possession (except in specified developed recreation sites listed in the Forest Order).

c.    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.

d.    Use of charcoal briquettes is permitted within the clearing requirements outlined under #1 above.      

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
  • Ladybug 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
  • Tucannon 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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