GRANT/HARNEY: Forest moves to IFPL IV; ‘General Shutdown’

GRANT/HARNEY: Forest moves to IFPL IV; ‘General Shutdown’

Due to persistent hot temperatures, the lack of any measurable moisture and the existing extreme fire danger, Malheur National Forest officials have announced that effective 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 10, 2018, the entire Malheur National Forest will implement Phase C of Public Use Restrictions (PUR’s) and Industrial Fire Precaution Level 4 (IFPL IV), also known as a General Shutdown – All operations are prohibited.

With concern for public safety and the increased potential for human caused wildfires, officials remind those visiting public lands to use extreme caution; under current conditions, a spark will rapidly become a large wildfire.

Phase C of Public Use Restrictions include:  Campfires are prohibited on the Forest. Use liquid and bottle (propane) gas stoves only.   No internal combustion engine operation (including chainsaws), except for motorized vehicles.  o Electrical generators operated under the following conditions are allowed:  in the center of an area at least 10 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material, or; when fully contained within a pickup truck bed that is empty 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 barren or cleared of all flammable material.  No off-road/off-trail vehicle travel or travel on roads not cleared of standing grass or other flammable material. Vehicle travel is never permitted on currently closed forest service roads where access has been impeded or blocked by earthen berms, logs, boulders, barriers, barricades or gates, or as otherwise identified in a closure order.   Smoking is allowed only in enclosed vehicles and buildings, developed recreation sites, or in cleared areas.

The public’s awareness of the extreme fire danger and cooperation is essential to a safe fire season. Forest users can all help by closely adhering to restrictions, operating safely and cautiously and keeping up-to-date on the latest orders and regulations. To report a wildfire call 911.

Regulated closures are also in effect on State and private lands protected by Oregon Department of  Forestry (ODF) in eastern and central Oregon. Please check with your local Oregon Department of Forestry office for public use restrictions on lands protected by ODF.

For the most current information on conditions please contact your local office or visit the Forest website.  Malheur National Forest Supervisors Office/Blue Mountain Ranger District 541-575-3000  Prairie City Ranger District 541-820-3800  Emigrant Creek Ranger District 541-573-4300

For more complete information, please visit your local Malheur National Forest office, or visit online, Malheur National Forest website: www.fs.usda.gov/malheur; John Day Interagency Dispatch webpage: http://bicc-jdidc.org/index.shtml;or www.facebook.com/MalheurNationalForest/