Forest officials will implement Phase B public use restrictions Friday, July 27, on the Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman national forests due to high fire danger, the potential for human caused fires and concern for public safety. The increased restrictions pertain to the use of campfires, smoking, chainsaws, internal combustion engines and generators, according to a Forest Service press release.
Beginning Friday, campfires will only be allowed in designated campgrounds and recreation sites. Liquefied or bottled gas stoves and heaters are allowed for cooking and heating. A list of designated recreation sites is available on the forest’s websites.
Operating an internal combustion engine, such as a chainsaw, is prohibited.
Generators will only be allowed in the center of an area at least 10 feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable material; when fully contained within a pickup truck bed that is devoid of all flammable material; or when factory installed in a recreational vehicle and the generator exhaust discharge is located in the center of an area at least 10 feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable material.
Smoking is only allowed within enclosed vehicles, buildings and developed recreation sites or when stopped in an area cleared of all flammable material.
As a reminder, travel restrictions prohibit motor vehicles traveling off of designated Forest Roads and trails, except for the purposes of going to or from campsites located within 300 feet of an open road. Motorized travel on segments of road where access is blocked by gate, barricade, log, boulder or earthen berm is also prohibited. Vehicles must still abide by all laws and regulations pertaining to the area of travel.
Regulated closures are also in effect on state and private lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry in northeast and central Oregon. For more information, contact a local ODF office or visit http://bicc-jdidc.org/index.shtml or bmidc.org.
For more information and a list of designated recreation areas and campsites where campfires are permitted during Phase B public use restrictions, call 541-575-3000.