Industrial Fire Precaution Levels

The current Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) for the Malheur National Forest is: 

North End:
Blue Mountain & Prairie City RDs

South End:
Emigrant Creek RD


  • The Malheur National Forest IFPL is II on both zones.
  • Phase A of public use restrictions are in effect.
  • Firewood cutting is permitted only between the hours of 8 pm and 1 pm.  A one hour fire watch is required after saw operations ceases.  Saw operators are required to have an axe (minimum 2 lb head, 26" length), shovel (8" wide, 26" length) and fire extinquisher (minimum ABC 8 oz) in their possesion.

Phase A of public use 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 all flammable material within a radius of 3 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 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.

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 under the same restrictions as campfires as described above.

Within designated wilderness areas users are encouraged to locate fires such that minimal disturbance would be necessary to meet the clearing requirements identified.  Naturally cleared areas, previously used sites, and areas where vegetation is non-flammable (green grass) are examples.  Possession of a typical backpacking folding shovel (commercially available) meets the intent of a tool as described in item “b” above.

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, barriers, barricade or gate, or as otherwise identified in the Fire Order.  Off-road/off-trail travel to access firewood as allowed under firewood permit is exempt.

Phases of Public Use Restrictions.

 (Updated July 25, 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.