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Forest officials move to Phase C restrictions

PENDLETON, Oregon – Because of continued hot temperatures, lack of moisture and extreme fire danger, U.S. National Forest officials have announced that effective 12:01 a.m. on Thursday the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests will move to Phase C of public use restrictions.
In a news release, officials said there is “concern for public safety and the increased potential for human caused wildfires.”  They remind forest visitors to use extreme caution when visiting the forest, and that under current conditions, even a spark can rapidly become a large wildfire.
Phase C PURs is the third level of restrictions and includes: (1) Campfires prohibited in the forest, (2) use only liquid and bottle (propane) gas stoves, (3) no internal combustion engine operation (including chainsaws), except for motorized vehicles.
Electrical generators operated under the following conditions are allowed: (1) in the center of an area at least 10 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material, or (2) when fully contained within a pickup truck bed that is empty of all flammable material, or (3) when factory installed in a recreational vehicle and the generator exhaust discharge is located in the center of an area at least 10 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
Smoking is allowed only in enclosed vehicles and buildings, developed recreation sites, or in cleared areas.
Similar restrictions may be in effect on State and private lands protected by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (WA-DNR).  More information can be found on the WA-DNR website at: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/.
Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch webpage: www.bmidc.org
John Day Interagency Dispatch webpage:  http://bicc-jdidc.org/index.shtml
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