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.


Current Fire Danger Level Current Industrial Fire Protection Level Personal Use Fire Restrictions (PURs) Preparedness Levels (PL)
Low   Level One Personal Use Restriction Phase A Preparedness Level One

Prescribed Fire Information

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest's fall 2019 prescribed fire season is underway. Click here for a map of prescribed burn units which may be active this fall. More information is available on the Wallowa-Whitman 2019 Prescribed Fire InciWeb page.


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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Quick Links

Personal Use Fire Restrictions (PURs)

Industrial Fire Protection Levels (IFPL)

Fire Orders

Fire as a Tool for Healthy Forests

Additional Resources



https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/wallowa-whitman/fire