JOHN DAY – The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) says information booths will open next week for hunters coming to central and eastern Oregon for the rifle deer season.

The booths will offer information about any restrictions on campfires, off-road driving, smoking, and other activities in the units the hunters plan to use.

Most of the booths also will have coffee and map sales.

“Early fall is the most dynamic time of year for wildfire danger,” said Rod Nichols, ODF spokesman. “Hot afternoons continue to dry out vegetation, and colder nights alone do not provide adequate moisture recovery.”

Despite some rain earlier this week, more hot and dry days are forecast across the region.

In Grant County, an information booth will open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 26-27, at Mt. Vernon City Hall on Highway 26. Hunters also can call ahead for up-to-date information from ODF’s John Day Unit, 541-575-1139; the Malheur National Forest, 541-575-1321; and the Bureau of Land Management, 541-416-6700.

Other booths will open in Sisters, La Pine, at Walker Range on Highway 58, Memaloose Rest Area at The Dalles, and in The Dalles, with some staffed as early as Sept. 25.

Partners in the hunter booths are the Central Oregon, Klamath County, Mid-Columbia and Grant-Harney fire prevention cooperatives.

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