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.

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.

 

Public Use Restrictions are in effect!

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.  The activities that fall under the seasonal campfire restrictions include:

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

In addition to the campfire season restrictions, PHASE A public use restrictions are in effect:

·   Chainsaws may be operated only between the hours of 8:00 pm and 1:00 pm 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.

·   Smokingis allowed only in enclosed vehicles and buildings, developed recreation sites, or cleared areas.

·   No motorized vehicle travel off National Forest System roads or National Forest System trails, except for the purposes of going to and from campsites when such campsites are located within 300 feet of an open National Forest System road.  No motorized vehicle trails on any National Forest System road or segment where access is blocked or impeded by a gate, barricade, log, boulder, or earthen berm.

·   The use of exploding targets is prohibited.Increased public-use restrictions pertaining to the use of campfires, smoking, internal combustion engines, chainsaws and generators will go into effect at 12:01 AM on Thursday, August 28, 2014 on the Umatilla National Forest.  The additional restrictions are being implemented to reduce the potential for human caused fires and concern for public safety.   

see full news release / see forest order

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Firewood Cutting Allowed?

Yes, begining 12:01AM August 28, 2014:

Chainsaws may be operated only between the hours of 8:00 pm and 1:00 pm 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.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. Beginning at 12:01 AM Thursday, August 28, Campfire Seasonal Restrictions and Phase A Public Use Restrictions will go into effect: 

 

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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