Fire Management

This page will provide information about the current fire situation on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, as well as many other great resources to help you understand how the Forest Service tries to balance human needs with ecosystem needs. 

Fire is a natural part of Western forest ecosystems. Certain tree species have adapated to require fire to reproduce. Fire also can be used as a tool to manage forests. We use prescribed fires to help forest stands overloaded with excess fuels that could lead to large-scale fires.

However, other kinds and uses of fire are not healthy for the ecosystem and can pose serious threats to human life and property. With more and more people moving into what is called the urban forest interface--where human developments bump up to forests--fire has been a strain on resources and a threat to millions of people.

  • Fire Incident Information

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    Stay up-to-date with the most recent Fire Information on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

Prescribed Fire Information

Click here for a map of prescribed burn units which may be active in the future.


Current Fire Map

Zoom in on any area on this map to see fires and their perimeters in references to their proximity to recreation facilities and sites. This map is kept up-to-date with the most current information available on the size and growth of fires around the Forest.

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About Our Crews & Resources

Vast view looking out from Bald Mountain.          Wallowa Fire Zone Crew 51 at Cache Creek Admin site in the Hells Canyon NRA



Beautiful image of the Grande Ronde Valley.            logo for Grande Ronde Rappellers




Logo for the La Grande Interagency Hotshot crew featuring the head of a bull elk bugling.            Logo for Union Interagency Hotshot Crew featuring the side profile of a falcon.




Airplane view looking out over the wing of the plane across a ridge line of smoke.            A distant panorama view of the La Grande Air Tanker Base.




Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center logo featuring panorama of the Blue Mountains        La Grande Interagency Support Cache
















Related Links

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Forest Orders

Fire as a tool for healthy forests