[PRINEVILLE, Ore.] Fire Season for Oregon Department of Forestry’s Prineville and The Dalles units in the Central Oregon District will end at 12:01 a.m. Saturday October 17, 2020. Industrial Fire Precautions in MH-1 and MH-4 of The Dalles Unit are also terminated. Fuel conditions do not pose a significant risk of fire ignition and rapid spread in these areas.
Gordon Foster, Prineville Unit Forester, reminds the public, “Although conditions have minimized the threat of fire spread, people should take caution and monitor conditions prior to conducting any open burning”.
The John Day Unit will remain in Fire Season until additional moisture has further mitigated fire hazards. Lands within the John Day Unit include portions of Grant, Morrow, Wheeler, Gilliam, Malhuer, and Umatilla counties. Open burning is not allowed at this time in the John Day Unit, including yard debris.
Burn permits for logging slash and debris will not be issued in The Dalles or Prineville units until additional precipitation is received. Yard debris, burn barrels, and other open burning should follow local and county fire restrictions. Safe burning practices include clearing flammable debris from the burn pile or burn area, having a water source nearby, having tools such as a shovel handy while burning, not burning in windy conditions, and never leave a fire unattended. Continue to check the fire area for residual heat in the days after burning to ensure embers do not rekindle and spread to nearby fuels.
Since Fire Season began in the Central Oregon District on June 1st firefighters have responded to 62 lightning fires burning 11,300 acres and 52 human caused fires burning 1,643 acres.
ODF’s Central Oregon District continues to serve landowners and the public as an essential service for Oregonians. Please call or email to talk with our staff or schedule an appointment. For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.