Most of Wallowa County has not had significant moisture in July. With hot and dry conditions, the danger of wildfires increases.

U.S. Forest Service officials have stepped up anti-fire measure n the Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests due to the potential for human-caused fires and concern for public safety. The increased restrictions pertain to the use of campfires, smoking, chainsaws, internal combustion engines and generators.

Campfires will only be allowed in designated campgrounds and recreation sites. Liquefied or bottled gas stoves and heaters are allowed for cooking and heating. A list of designated recreation sites is available on the agency’s websites.

Operating an internal combustion engine, such as a chainsaw, is prohibited. Generators will only be allowed in the center of an area at least 10 feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable material or when fully contained within a pickup truck bed that is devoid of all flammable material. Generators factory installed in a recreational vehicle where the generator exhaust discharge is located in the center of an area at least 10 feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable material are permitted.

Smoking is only allowed within enclosed vehicles, buildings and developed recreation sites or when stopped in an area cleared of all flammable material.

Travel restrictions prohibit motor vehicles traveling off designated Forest roads and trails, except for the purposes of going to or from campsites located within 300 feet of an open road. Motorized travel on segments of road where access is blocked by gate, barricade, log, boulder or earthen berm is also prohibited.

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