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Forest implements Phase C fire restrictions

Campfires and chainsaw use are prohibited.

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on August 9, 2018 11:26AM

Officials from the Malheur National Forest will implement Phase C public use restrictions for extreme fire danger Friday.

Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman national forests implemented Phase C Thursday.

Campfires are prohibited; use liquid and bottle (propane) gas stoves only.

No internal combustion engine operation (including chainsaws), except for motorized vehicles.

Electrical generators may only be operated in the center of an area at least 10 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material or when fully contained within a pickup truck bed that is empty of all flammable material.

Off-road/off-trail vehicle travel or travel on roads not cleared of standing grass or other flammable material is not allowed. Vehicle travel is never permitted on currently closed forest service roads where access has been impeded or blocked by earthen berms, logs, boulders, barriers, barricades or gates, or as otherwise identified in a closure order.

Smoking is allowed only in enclosed vehicles and buildings, developed recreation sites or in cleared areas.

Regulated closures are also in effect on state and private lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry.

To report a wildfire call 911.

For more information, call 541-575-3000 or visit fs.usda.gov/malheur or http://bicc-jdidc.org/index.shtml.


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