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Fire restrictions eased on forests

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on September 26, 2017 4:37PM

Public use restrictions on public lands have been reduced across Grant County.

All three ranger districts on the Malheur National Forest have lifted all public use restrictions pertaining to recreational chainsaw use, smoking and off-road travel.

Seasonal campfire restrictions remain in place until Oct. 31. Seasonal campfire restrictions require visitors to build their campfire in a fire pit surrounded by dirt, rock or commercial rings, in areas cleared of all flammable material within a three-foot radius from the edge of the pit and free of overhanging material. Campfires must be attended at all times, and a shovel and one gallon of water are required while building and tending campfires. These requirements also apply to the use of charcoal briquettes.

Additionally, portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled gas and wood burning stoves equipped with a chimney that is at least five feet in length with a spark-arresting screen consisting of quarter-inch mesh hardware cloth are allowed.

For more information, visit fs.usda.gov/malheur.

On lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry, open burning — including campfires, warming fires, burning yard debris and slash burning from logging — is still prohibited. Campfires will still only be allowed at designated locations, primarily at local state parks.

However, use of chainsaws, mowing of dried grass and welding/cutting of metal will be allowed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. All other rules remain the same for these activities including on-site firefighting tools and fire watch as required. These restrictions are intended to reduce human-caused fires.

More information regarding the specific restrictions can be found at odfcentraloregon.com.


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