BURNS: Restrictions ease on Forest’s South Zone

BURNS: Restrictions ease on Forest’s South Zone

Fire officials on the Emigrant Creek Ranger District have announced that starting Friday, September 13, 2019, at 12:01 a.m. (PDT) the Fire Danger Rating will change to Moderate and will lift all public use restrictions pertaining to recreational chainsaw use, smoking, and off-road travel and Industrial Fire Precaution will lower to level 1.  This reduction will be the same as the changes announced on Blue Mountain and Prairie City Ranger District earlier this week.

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 public use restrictions in effect on lands managed by these agencies.

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