[Prineville, Ore] Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has terminated Regulated-Use Closure for lands within the Central Oregon District (COD) effective 12:01 a.m. September 16, 2019. Lands affected include private, county, and municipal ownership inside the Central Oregon District Protection Boundary within the following counties: Wasco, Hood River, Wheeler, Sherman, Umatilla, Grant, Morrow, Harney, Gilliam, Jefferson, Lake, Crook, and Deschutes. While campfires will be allowed with owner permission inside the District, Rob Pentzer, District Forester for COD, reminds the public “Conditions can change rapidly in the fall and a fire should never be left unattended. Be sure your fire is DEAD-OUT before you leave.” Check for local county or fire department restrictions and burn bans before lighting a campfire or traveling off-road.
Fire season remains in effect for the Central Oregon District. Cool temperatures and typical fall weather have reduced fire danger in wildland fuels and the potential for large fire growth is diminished. However wind quickly dries fuels even following rain and changing weather and fuel conditions can result in unexpected fire spread. Please use caution and respect fire season restrictions. Open burning, including yard debris is prohibited during fire season. Fuel and weather conditions will continue to be monitored.
Industrial Fire Precaution Level for MH-1 and MH-4 for Wasco and Hood River counties remains at Level 1.
For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com