LA GRANDE, Ore — With the start of fire season Thursday, June 28 in the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Northeast Oregon District, all lands protected by the state agency will be in a declared fire season.
Forecasted higher temperatures and drier conditions prompted ODF fire managers in the Northeast Oregon District to declare fire season for forest and range lands protected by ODF in Baker, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties along with small portions of Malheur, Morrow, and Grant counties.
|Above: When fire season starts June 28 in northeast Oregon,|
all lands statewide protected by ODF districts and
fire protection associations will be in fire season.
“Long range forecasts indicate high to extreme fire danger beginning in July and extending through September across the district,” Justin Lauer, Pendleton Wildland Fire Supervisor said. “The light fuels in the lower elevations will cure out quickly and carry fire readily.”
The fire season declaration places fire prevention restrictions on landowners and the public. Additionally, fire prevention regulations on industrial logging and forest management activities are put into place. Lands affected include private, state, county, municipal, and tribal lands within the Northeast Oregon Forest Protection District. This area encompasses approximately 2 million protected acres. The public are urged to use caution in areas of dry, cured vegetation.
Lauer stated, “It’s easy to be complacent when we’ve had a few days of storms, but fuel conditions and weather will change rapidly. We need everyone to use caution, check regulations before they head out and keep an eye out for fires while they’re out and about.”
During fire season in northeast Oregon:
• Burn permits for burn barrels and all open burning except camp fires are required on all private forest and range lands within the Northeast Forest Protection District of the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). Contact your local ODF office in La Grande, Baker City, Wallowa, or Pendleton to acquire a burn permit.
• Landowners who conducted burning of slash piles last fall and this spring are encouraged to check the piles to ensure they are completely out and all heat is gone. It is not uncommon for recently burned slash piles to retain heat in them for several months after the actual burning of the piles.
• Logging and other industrial operations must meet requirements for fire prevention, such as fire tools, water supply, and watchman service when those operations are occurring on lands protected by ODF. Contact your local Stewardship Forester at any ODF office for more information.
• Campfires must be dead out! Recreationists are reminded that campfires need to be attended and fully extinguished before being left. Get permission from the landowner prior to starting a campfire.
For further information on fire restrictions and closures, go to this ODF web page at https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx or contact the nearest ODF office.
To report a fire, dial 9-1-1.
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