National forests apply public-use restrictions on campfires, off-road travel

July 17, 2013 

Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests are implementing public-use restrictions on campfires, smoking, off-road travel and chainsaw use.

The restrictions will begin today to reduce the risk of fire.

Campfires will be restricted to fire pits cleared of flammable vegetation.

Chainsaws can only be used during a certain period each day. Owners must watch their chainsaw for one hour after use to ensure no fire starts.

Smoking is limited to vehicles, buildings, developed recreation sites and cleared areas.

Off-road and off-trail travel are prohibited.

For more information about the Umatilla National Forest, call 541-278-3716. For more information about the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, call 541-523-1246.

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