Alerts and Notices

Fire Prevention

Campfires, charcoal fires, and stoves must be attended at all times and completely extinguished prior to leaving. If there are no Public Use Restrictions, please follow these fire-safety rules and recommendations to help you #RecreateResponsibly:


• Keep a shovel and a gallon of water on hand to extinguish your fire before leaving it.

• Fires should be drowned & stirred (and drowned & stirred again) until coals are cool enough to touch.

• Keep campfires and charcoal briquette fires contained in an earthen pit, metal fire ring, or rock ring, with all combustible material removed within a 5-foot radius of the perimeter of the fire ring - and clear of overhanging material.

• Portable cooking stoves and portable fireplaces should also have combustible material removed within a 5-foot radius. Wood burning stoves should be equipped with a chimney at least 5-feet in length and a spark-arresting screen consisting of ¼-inch mesh hardware cloth.

• Campfires are restricted in the Eagle Cap Wilderness to reduce impacts on lakes. Please review the rules on the back of your Wilderness permit. 

Reminder: Year-around public use restrictions apply to the following special areas:

Wallowa-Whitman, Eagle Cap Wilderness Forest Order 06-16-05-20-09:  Specific campfire restrictions in the Eagle Cap Wilderness include:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a campfire within 100 feet of any lake or posted wetlands (36 CFR 261.52a).

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a campfire within ¼ mile (1320 feet) of the following lakes: Bear Lake (Bear Cr. Area), Blue Lake, Chimney Lake, Dollar Lake, Eagle Lake, Frazier Lake, Little Frazier Lake, Glacier Lake, Hobo Lake, Ice Lake, Jewett Lake, Laverty Lake, Maxwell Lake, Mirror Lake, Moccasin Lake, Prospect Lake, Steamboat Lake, Sunshine Lake, Swamp Lake, Tombstone Lake, Traverse Lake, and Upper Lake. 36 CFR 261.52(a).

Wallowa-Whitman, Snake River in Hells Canyon National Recreation Area WAW Forest Order 06-16-00-20-08  :    Yearlong fire restrictions (building, maintaining, attending, or using fire or campfires) along the wild and scenic portions of the Snake River, within a ¼ mile of the river, from Hells Canyon Dam and downstream to the Oregon-Washington border.

  • Summer Months, June 1 through September 30:  Prohibits fires except where fueled by charcoal contained in a firepan, fueled by liquid petroleum, or contained in a woodstove with chimney and spark-arresting screen. Further requires all fires be attended at all times, fully extinguished when not attended, and take place in a location free of flammable vegetation within three feet of the fire.

  • Winter Months, October 1 through June 1:  Prohibits fires except where contained in a firepan, fueled by liquid petroleum, or contained in a woodstove with chimney and spark-arresting screen. Further requires that all fires be attended at all times, fully extinguished when not attended, and take place in a location free of flammable vegetation within three feet of the fire.

  • Public lands in Idaho administered by the Wallowa-Whitman follow separate Idaho Fire Restrictions

Wallowa-Whitman, Grande Ronde River WAW Forest Order T-2010-WW-0616-07  :    Fire restrictions (campfire, smoking, driving off-road) are in effect on lands within a ¼ mile of the Grande Ronde River located in Wallowa County, Oregon.

Forest Orders

Forest Orders are issued when a National Forest officer considers them necessary for the protection or administration of the National Forest, or for the promotion of public health, safety, or welfare.

Forest Road, Trail, and Recreation Reports

The Forest Road, Trail, and Recreation Reports summarize the current conditions of many of the main roads, trails, and major developed recreation sites across the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.  These reports are updated throughout the year as forest managers are able to inspect each site and area. 

Please be advised that road and trail conditions are ever-changing, so it is best to call your local Ranger District for current information about the roads or trails you plan to travel.





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