The 1.7 million acre Malheur National Forest is located in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon. The diverse and beautiful scenery of the forest includes high desert grasslands, sage and juniper, pine, fir and other tree species, and the hidden gems of alpine lakes and meadows. Elevations vary from about 4000 feet (1200 meters) to the 9038 foot (2754 meters) top of Strawberry Mountain. The Strawberry Mountain range extends east to west through the center of the Forest.
Malheur National Forest officials have lifted the Parish Cabin Fire area closure.
However, for public safety, two roads within the Parish Cabin fire boundary will remain closed to motorized traffic: Forest Service Road 1530-065 (past the junction with FR 1530-482) and Forest Service Road 1640-098 (beyond a point 1.3 miles from FR1640).
Off-road motorized travel within the fire area remains prohibited.
In November 2005, the U.S. Forest Service published the “Final Travel Management Rule,” which directs all National Forests to designate a system of roads, trails and areas for motorized vehicle use. The Malheur National Forest currently has about 6,000 miles of roads and trails available for motorized vehicle use.