The Northwest continues to face a dangerous fire season with no rain forecasted for this weekend. Forest Service, BLM and Oregon Department of Forestry officials urge the public to be engaged-conscious, cautious and careful with fire.
Kent Connaughton, Regional Forester for the Pacific Northwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service added: “In an active fire season, we need our firefighters available and ready to respond. Every fire that’s prevented helps firefighters remain available, rested, and safe. As always, our highest priority remains public and firefighter safety.”
Under Phase A of the Public Use Restrictions chainsaw use is permitted for firewood by the public. However, campfires are still limited to developed recreational sites. For a complete list of regulations and developed recreation sites on the Wallowa-Whitman, please visit the Forest Orders webpage at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/wallowa-whitman/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5228794.
Private lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry remain under a regulated closure which prohibits:
Open fires, including camp fires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires except at designated locations.
Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all terrain vehicles (ATVs), is prohibited except on improved roads.
Non-industrial chainsaw use and Fire Wood Cutting.
On September 25th, the Wallowa-Whitman changed from Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) IV to IFPL III. A complete description of the change can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail.wallowa-whitman/home/?cid=stelprdb5228793.
As always, thanks for visiting Northeast Oregon and have a safe and fun weekend in the forest!