The Public is reminded that the threat level of wildfires on the Forest remains at Extreme, and Public Use Restrictions are in effect. The area is under a Red Flag Warning that is in effect from 11 a.m. Monday (today) until 5 a.m. Tuesday, for possible thunderstorms producing abundant lightning.
Under Public Use Restrictions, campfires are only allowed in designated recreation sites; a list of sites is available at all Malheur National Forest offices and also online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/malheur/. Campfires must be attended to at all times and completely extinguished prior to leaving. This restriction applies to building and maintaining a fire, campfire or charcoal briquette grill; with the exception of liquefied or bottled gas stoves and heaters.
Personal Use Firewood cutting will not be permitted on the Malheur National Forest until further notice; any personal use of a chainsaw is prohibited on the Forest. No internal combustion engine operation is permitted, with the exception of motor vehicles. No off-road/off-trail vehicle travel is allowed.
An electrical generator may be operated if it is located in the center of an area that is at least 10 feet in diameter and cleared of all flammable material or it may be contained within a pickup truck bed that is cleared of all flammable material.
Smoking is only allowed in enclosed vehicles or buildings, developed recreation sites, or while stopped within an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable material.
To report a wildfire, call the John Day Interagency Dispatch Center at 541-575-1321 or the Burns Interagency Communication Center at 541-573-1000.