Forest welcomes the next group of visitors

Release Date: Aug 23, 2017

JOHN DAY, PRAIRIE CITY, and HINES, Ore. – As visitors depart after their Great American Solar Eclipse experience on the Malheur National Forest, officials would like to thank users for their cooperation. With the great influx of forest users in the past week, few illegal campfires and no human caused wildfires were reported. The vast majority of users abided by regulations in place, providing for an extraordinary eclipse experience to be had by all.

As hunting seasons approach, the Malheur National Forest would like to welcome hunters to beautiful Eastern Oregon. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) statewide deer and elk archery seasons will open as scheduled on Saturday, August 26 and last through September 24, followed by rifle and muzzleloader seasons beginning September 30 and lasting through the end of November.

With continued dry and hot conditions, as well as increased traffic, officials would like to remind visitors to use extreme caution when using public lands, and to be sure to check the latest forest information prior to their visit.

“Archery season is starting soon and we hope bow hunters have an enjoyable, safe and successful experience,” said Steve Beverlin, Forest Supervisor for the Malheur National Forest. “Because of the extreme fire danger, hunters should be aware that there are fire restrictions throughout Oregon.”

Currently, the Forest is in Phase C of Public Use Restrictions (PURs). This regulations means campfires are not allowed, no cross country, off-road/off-trail travel or travel on roads not clear of standing grass or other flammable materials, no internal combustion engine operations, and no smoking beyond an enclosed building or vehicles.

“While we are starting to experience those brisk, fall morning temperatures, we are currently still only mid-way into the fire season with fuels igniting easily,” said Ron Simpson, Deputy Fire Staff. “The public should take every precaution to prevent human-caused fires.”