HINES, Ore. – On Friday, August 17, the Burns Interagency Fire Zone will move from an Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) 3 to a level 4, general shutdown. Increasing the IFPL to a level 4 stops all industrial operations on public lands within the Burns Interagency Fire Zone, which includes the Emigrant Creek Ranger District of the Malheur National Forest.
A regulated fire closure remains in effect across Harney County, allowing campfires only in designated campgrounds, prohibiting off-road vehicle travel, and prohibiting smoking out of doors, parking a vehicle or operating an internal combustion motor in areas not free of vegetation.
Burns Interagency Fire Zone Fire Management Officer Ken Higle said, “We’ve had significant wildfire activity over the past 6 weeks and a long period of extremely hot and dry weather. Implementing the general shutdown and keeping the public use restrictions in place will give us the best chance of limiting human-caused fires when weather and fuel conditions are at their driest.”
Fire Danger is EXTREME on BLM-administered lands and VERY HIGH on U.S. Forest Service-administered lands within the Burns Interagency Fire Zone.
Travelers are advised to remain clear of wildfire areas and report any new fire incident to the Burns Interagency Communication Center at 541-573-1000. Information on existing wildfires with the Burns Interagency Fire Zone can be found online at www.inciweb.org, or by calling (541) 573-4519.