Hunter Information Booths will be open across central Oregon Wednesday, Sept. 25, through Friday, Sept. 27.
Hunter booths are available for the public to get current fire restriction information on open fires, driving off road, chainsaw use, smoking in the forest, and more. Road closure information as well as map sales and coffee will also be available at most locations.
Early fall is the most dynamic time of year for wildfire danger. Hot afternoons continue to dry out vegetation and colder nights alone do not provide adequate moisture recovery.
Central Oregon received scattered showers over the past week but more warm, dry days are expected. The message to hunters and recreationists is to call ahead for the area you are visiting and find out the current fire use restrictions. They quickly change and vary from place to place.
Some restrictions may be lifted due to rain received. But many areas may still prohibit open fires and driving off of improved roads. Currently all Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands within central Oregon are still in fire season.
Fire restriction/fire use information can be found at the following locations:
Private lands in the Central Oregon area - The Oregon Department of Forestry:
Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties - Prineville Unit 541-447-5658
Gilliam, Morrow, Hood River, and Wasco Counties - The Dalles Unit 541-296-4626
Wheeler, Grant, and Harney counties - John Day Unit 541-575-1139
Public lands - USDA Forest Service
Deschutes National Forest 541-383-5300
Ochoco National Forest 541-416-6500
Malheur National Forest 541-575-1321
Public lands - USDI Bureau of Land Management
Prineville District 541-416-6700
Central Oregon Hunter Information Booths Open Next Week
Hunter Booth Locations:
Prineville - at Ray's on the east side of Prineville on Highway 26
Wednesday 9/25/13 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday 9/26/13 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday 9/27/13 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.