Malheur NF enters into Phase C PUR, campfires prohibited

JOHN DAY, PRAIRIE CITY & HINES, OR – (Press Release from the Malheur National Forest)

Starting 12:01 am, July 16, the Malheur National Forest will move to Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) IV. The entire forest will also be at Phase C of Public Use Restrictions (PURs) and Extreme Fire Danger.

Phase C Public Use Restrictions (PUR):

Pursuant to 36 CFR, Sec. 261.50(a) and (b), the following acts are prohibited on National Forest System Lands within the Malheur National Forest, in the State of Oregon.

1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal briquette or stove fire. 36 CFR § 261.52(a).

2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building. 36 CFR § 261.52(d).

3. Operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine. 36 CFR § 261.52(h). a. Generators are allowed when located in a location cleared of flammable material in a 10’ diameter and approved spark arrestor.

4. Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order in accordance with U.S. Forest Service Standard 5100-1. 36 CFR § 261.52(j).

5. Possess or use a vehicle off National Forest System roads. 36 CFR § 261.56 a. Except when parking in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway.

Level IV General Shutdown:

All operations are prohibited.

EXTREME – When the fire danger is “extreme”, fires of all types start quickly and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious and can spread very quickly with intense burning. Small fires become big fires much faster than at the “very high” level. Spot fires are probable, with long-distance spotting likely. These fires are very difficult to fight and may become very dangerous and often last for several days.

For current Phases of Public Use Restrictions, Fire Danger Levels, Industrial Fire Precaution Levels and up to information please visit our public website at: or call 541-575-3113.

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For more information please call: 541-575-3000.