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

http://oregon.gov/ODF/FIELD/COD/aboutus.shtml

Public lands - USDA Forest Service

Deschutes National Forest                              541-383-5300

Ochoco National Forest                                   541-416-6500

Malheur National Forest                                      541-575-1321       

http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire/

Public lands - USDI Bureau of Land Management

Prineville District                                   541-416-6700

http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire/

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.