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Forest public use restrictions lifted

Chainsaw operation is still prohibited, as is firewood cutting.

Published on September 4, 2018 4:19PM

Public use restrictions on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest have been eased to allow the use of campfires in designated recreation sites only. Restrictions on the use of chainsaws, internal combustion engines, generators and smoking remain in effect.

Remember, motor vehicles may not travel off designated Forest roads and trails expect to go to or from campsites located within 300 feet of an open road.

Once in your designated recreation site you may also use liquefied or bottled gas stoves and heaters for cooking and heating.

Chainsaw operation is still prohibited, as is firewood cutting. Smoking is only permissible in your vehicle, in a building, in a developed campsite, or when stopped in an area cleared of all flammable material. Generators may be run within a cleared 10-foot diameter area or in a clean pickup bed or if installed in a recreational vehicle where you have cleared a 10-foot area around the exhaust.

Regulated closures are in effect on State and private lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) in northeast and central Oregon. Please check with your local Oregon Department of Forestry office for public use restrictions on lands protected by ODF. For more complete information contact a local Oregon Department of Forestry office or visit one of the interagency dispatch center’s webpages: Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch webpage: www.bmidc.org or call (541) 426-5552.


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