Current situation

Hot, dry weather continues to dry out fuels. That makes any fires that do get started likely to spread quickly and be harder to put out. As a result, many ODF districts and forest protective associations are tightening restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. For example, fire danger in the Douglas Forest Protective Association and The Dalles Unit of ODF's Central Oregon District is now rated as extreme. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Hunter information booths this week in central Oregon

Fire danger remains high in central Oregon. The message to hunters and recreationists is to call ahead to the area you are visiting and find out the current fire use restrictions, which can change quickly and vary from place to place. Fire season remains in effect on all Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands.

In an effort to prevent human-caused fires during hunting season, wildland fire officials will host Hunter Information Booths across Central Oregon Wednesday, Sept. 26 to Friday, Sept. 28. (See below for location and times). Current fire restriction information will be provided to the public regarding open fires, off-road driving, chainsaw use, smoking in the forest, and more. Maps will be available for sale and road closure information will also be available. Coffee will also be available at most locations.

Hunter Booth Locations:

Prineville - at Ray's on the East side of Prineville off Highway 26

Wednesday 9/26/12 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Thursday 9/27/12 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Friday 9/28/12 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Sisters- at Ray's West end of Sisters on Highway 20

Thursday 9/27/12 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Friday 9/28/12 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.

La Pine - at Ray's located on Hwy 97 South in La Pine

Thursday 9/27/12 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday 9/28/12 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Walker Range/Crescent -- Highway 58 at mile post 71

Thursday 9/27/12 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Friday 9/28/12 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

The Dalles - Memaloose Rest Area on Interstate 84

Thursday 9/27/12 6 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Friday 9/28/12 6 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The Dalles - Dodson Road

Thursday 9/27/12 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Friday 9/28/12 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Mt. Vernon on Hwy 26

Wednesday 9/26/12 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Thursday 9/27/12 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Friday 9/28/12 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.

The hunter booths are brought to you by the Central Oregon Fire Prevention Cooperative, the Klamath County Fire Prevention Cooperative the Mid-Columbia Fire Prevention Cooperative and the Grant-Harney Fire Prevention Co-op.


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The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects 16 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire. This includes all private forestlands in Oregon as well as state and local government-owned forests, along with 2.8 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management lands in the western part of the state. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.

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