Passing thunderstorms ignite multiple starts in Northeast Oregon

 Fire crews in northeast Oregon are responding to multiple reports of smoke and fire following passing thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and overnight.  Approximately 30 new incidents have been reported to the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center and John Day Interagency Dispatch Center. Of these reported incidents, several have been discovered and are being actively suppressed at less than a quarter of an acre in size.

Additional fires are likely to be detected throughout the day as temperatures warm and fire activity increases.  Aerial reconnaissance and fire lookouts are assisting with detection efforts.  More thunderstorms are expected in northeast Oregon and southeast Washington tonight.

Fire officials want to remind everyone that the current fire danger rating remains at HIGH and Public Use Restrictions involving campfires and chainsaw use are in effect. Regulated closures are in effect on State and private lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) in northeast and central Oregon.

For more information about Fire Danger Levels, Industrial Fire Precaution Levels and Public Use Restrictions, please contact:

ODF, Northeast Oregon District Phone: (541) 963-3168 or (541) 786-2039, Central Oregon DistrictPhone: (541) 263-0661
Malheur National Forest:Website:’s Office: John Day (541) 575-3000; Prairie City (541) 820-3800; Hines (541) @MalheurNFUmatilla National Forest   Information Hotline: Toll-Free (877) 958-9663 Twitter: @Umatilla   
Wallowa-Whitman National ForestInformation Hotlines: Baker City (541) 523-6391;
La Grande (541) 962-8679; Joseph (541) 426-5552 Twitter: @WallowaWhitman