Tuesday, July 22, 2014


The Oregon Department of Forestry, in conjunction with Joseph, Enterprise and Wallowa fire departments and Wallowa Lake Rural Fire Protection District, is restricting all open burning on lands within its protection area in Wallowa County effective July 21.

Previously issued burn permits have been suspended. Recent hot, dry weather has elevated the fire danger throughout the county. 

“We have seen an increase in human-caused fires over the last week and with many firefighters already battling fires in the region we need to reduce the potential of additional starts and let firefighters focus on those ignited by lightning,” said Wallowa County Emergency Services Manager Paul Karvoski. 

Thunderstorms are predicted to pass through Wallowa County over the next few days.

ODF's Northeast Oregon District remains in a Regulated-Use Closure. Reducing human-caused fires within the Northeast Oregon District is the objective of the closure, which includes the following restrictions:

 Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated locations. Designated locations within the Regulated Use Closure area includes but is not limited to the following Oregon State Parks: Emigrant Springs, Ukiah Dale, Catherine Creek, Hilgard Junction, Red Bridge, Wallowa Lake, Minam and Unity Lake. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.

 Debris burning is prohibited.

 Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, or at a cleared area free of flammable vegetation.

 Non-Industrial chain saw use is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Chain saw use is permitted at all other hours, if the following firefighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one axe, one shovel, and one 8 ounce or larger fire extinguisher. In addition, a fire watch is required at least one 1 hour following the use of each saw.

 Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is permitted at all other hours, if conducted in a cleared area and if a water supply is present.

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