Federal lands within the Burns Interagency Fire Zone on the southern half of the Malheur National Forest moved to a high fire-danger rating July 10.
The Industrial Fire Precaution Level is still at 1, according to a press release.
When the fire danger is high, fires can start easily from most causes, and small fuels such as grasses and needles will ignite readily. Unattended campfires and brush fires are likely to escape. Fires will spread easily, with some areas of high-intensity burning on slopes or concentrated areas of fuels.
Campfires are allowed only in fire pits surrounded by dirt, rock or commercial rings and in areas not conducive to rapid fire spread, at a minimum clear of all flammable material within a radius of 3 feet from the edge of the pit and free of overhanging material. Use existing pits wherever possible. Campfires must be attended at all times and completely extinguished prior to leaving.
Persons with campfires are required to have a tool that can serve as a shovel and 1 gallon of water in their possession, except in specially designated developed recreation sites where a campground host is present.
Wood cutting is still permitted all day with a one-hour fire watch after.
For more information, visit fs.usda.gov/malheur or call 541-575-3000.