Industrial Fire Precaution Levels

Phases of Public Use Restrictions Information

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, the Malheur National Forest change to Seasonal Public Use Restrictions. 

Seasonal Restrictions, June 1st October 31st:

1. Campfires allowed only in fire pits surrounded by dirt, rock, or commercialrings 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.  Campfires must be attended at all times, and completely extinguished prior  to leaving.  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 Exhibit A).  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 within the clearing requirements outlined under #1 above.

Firewood Cutting is allowed all day.

Effective 12:01 a.m. Monday, October 20, 2015, the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) for the Malheur National Forest is: 

North End:
Blue Mountain & Prairie City RDs

South End:
Emigrant Creek RD



 (Updated October 19, 2015)

  [graphic] Roman numeral I indicating fire danger level

Level I - Closed Season

Fire precaution requirements are in effect. A Fire Watch/Security is required at this and all higher levels unless otherwise waived.

[graphic] Roman numeral II indicating fire danger level

Level II - Partial Hootowl

The following may operate only between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. local time:

  • Power saws except at loading sites
  • Cable yarding
  • Blasting
  • Welding or cutting of metal.

[graphic] Roman numeral III indicating fire danger level

Level III - Partial Shutdown

The following are prohibited except as indicated:

  • Power saws except at loading sites
  • Cable yarding - except that gravity operated logging systems employing nonmotorized carriages may operate between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. when all blocks and moving lines are suspended 10 feet above the ground except the line between the carriage and the chokers.

[graphic] Roman numeral IV indicating fire danger level

Level IV - General Shutdown

All operations are prohibited.