Public use restrictions eased on the south half of the Malheur National Forest

Public use restrictions on the Emigrant Creek Ranger District Malheur National Forest will drop to Phase B as of 12:01 a.m. on Sunday September 16, 2018. Phase B allows the use of campfires in designated recreation sites only. Restrictions pertaining to off road travel, the use of chainsaws, internal combustion engines, generators and smoking remain in effect.

  • Beginning on Sunday, campfires will only be allowed in designated campgrounds and identified recreation sites. A list of designated recreation sites for the Emigrant Creek Ranger District are available on the forest website. Liquefied or bottled gas stoves and heaters are allowed for cooking and heating.

  • Operating an internal combustion engine, such as a chainsaw, is prohibited. Firewood cutting is not allowed. This restriction applies to all internal combustion engines except motor vehicles.

  • It is prohibited to operate a motorized vehicle off National Forest System roads. It is also prohibited to operate a motor vehicle on National Forest System roads where vegetation or other flammable material comes into contact with the vehicle’s undercarriage. Being on a closed National Forest System road where access has been impeded or blocked by earthen berm, logs, boulders, barrier, barricade or gate is also prohibited.

  • Generators will only be allowed in the center of an area at least 10 feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable material, or; when fully contained within a pickup truck bed that is devoid of all flammable material, or; when factory installed in a recreational vehicle and the generator exhaust discharge is located in the center of an area at least 10 feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable material.

  • Smoking is only allowed within enclosed vehicles, buildings, and developed recreation sites or when stopped in an area cleared of all flammable material.

The north half of the Forest (Blue Mountain and Prairie City Ranger Districts) moved to Phase A of Public use restrictions on September 14. On the north half, campfires are allowed in a rock or metal fire ring and firewood cutting is allowed until 1:00 p.m. for persons in possession of a valid Personal Use Firewood Cutting Permit. Off road travel is also prohibited on the north half.

Regulated closures are also in effect on state and private lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). For more information contact a local ODF office.

For more information regarding Public Use Restrictions on the Forest, please contact a Malheur National Forest office or visit the Forest webpage: