GRANT COUNTY: Restrictions ease on North Zone

GRANT COUNTY: Restrictions ease on North Zone

Due to decreased fire danger, fire managers will lift all public use restrictions pertaining to recreational chainsaw use, smoking, and off-road travel on the Blue Mountain and Prairie City Ranger Districts as of Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at 12:01 a.m. (PDT).  Industrial Fire Precaution Level I (IFPL I) is being implemented and the fire danger level will be changed to moderate for those districts. However, the Emigrant Creek Ranger District will remain at PUR’s Phase A, IFPL 2, and high fire danger.

A one hour fire watch is always required after saw operations cease. Saw operators are required to have a shovel (8” wide, 26” length), and fire extinguisher (minimum AB 8 oz.) in their possession. 36 CFR 261.52(h).

Campfires should be in fire pits surrounded by dirt, rock, or commercial rings, and in areas not conducive to rapid fire spread.  Campfires should have a minimum clearance of a 3 feet from the edge of the fire pit.  Please use existing pits wherever possible.   Campfires must be attended at all times, and completely extinguished prior to leaving.

Persons with campfires should have a tool such as a shovel and one gallon of water in their possession.  The shovel and water can be used to extinguish the fire before leaving your campsite.  Use the “drown, stir, feel” method to ensure your campfire is completely extinguished before leaving.

Campfires in designated wilderness areas should be located so minimal disturbance is necessary and to prevent fire spread.  Naturally cleared areas, previously used sites, and areas where vegetation is non-flammable (green grass) are examples. Use of a folding shovel when backpacking will aid you in completely extinguishing your campfire.

Please check with your local Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) office for any public use restrictions in effect on lands protected by them.

For more information about Industrial Fire Precaution Levels and Malheur National Forest Public Use Restrictions, please call 541-575-3000, or visit our website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/malheur