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  • Welcome to the Oregon Department of Forestry's Northeast Oregon District
    Photo of 2007 Pole Creek Fire in northeast Oregon
    The Northeast Oregon District, of the Oregon Department of Forestry, is primarily responsible for providing wildfire protection on nearly 1.9 million acres of mostly private and some public forest and range lands in Baker, Grant, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties.  In addition, the district administers the Oregon Forest Practices Act on forest management related activities that occur on private lands, and provides a significant amount of technical and financial forestry assistance to private landowners.   A dedicated staff of 22 permanent, 52 seasonal, and 5 limited duration employees are located at the District headquarters in La Grande, unit offices in La Grande, Pendleton and Wallowa, a sub-unit office in Baker City, and an interagency dispatch center located in La Grande.
     
    The Northeast Oregon District is comprised of the District Headquarters office in La Grande, three unit offices - La GrandePendletonWallowa - and one sub-unit office in Baker City.
     
     
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                   Warm and dry weather brings fire season to private lands in northeast Oregon 
     
    While the May rains delayed the early drying of fuels in Northeast Oregon, fire managers are concerned about the warm, dry, and windy weather that we have been experiencing.While the May rains delayed the early drying of fuels in Northeast Oregon, fire managers are concerned about the warm, dry, and windy weather that we have been experiencing.  This concern has prompted officials with Oregon Department of Forestry to declare FIRE SEASON beginning at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, June 16 for forest and range lands protected by ODF Northeast Oregon District.  “The warming and drying trend that we are seeing now, along with the windy conditions across much of the area, will lead to quickly drying fuels.  We want to make sure that we are prepared with the prevention measures that help us to minimize human-caused fire starts.”  Steve Meyer, Unit Forester for La Grande and Baker said.  A fire season declaration places fire prevention restrictions on landowners and public.  Lands affected include private, state, county, municipal, and tribal lands in Union, Baker, Wallowa, and Umatilla counties along with small portions of Malheur, Morrow and Grant counties within the Northeast Oregon Forest Protection District.  Landowners and recreationists are urged to use caution in areas of dry, cured vegetation.  Meyer states “We didn’t receive the snowpack that we generally count on in the area.  Because of this, this year may be a busy year for firefighters.  We are asking that the folks that live, work, and play in the forest use caution and good prevention measures this summer.” 
     
     
    NEO ODF Implements Regulated Use Closure on 7/1 @ 12:01 am
     
      
Fire Protection Private Forests
  • Photo of Owens Creek Fire in northeast Oregon in 2007
    The Northeast Oregon District provides fire protection to a variety of landowners including private, state, tribal, county, and city lands. In Northeast Oregon District, the primary cause of fire is lightning. However, human-caused fires are on the rise. It is important that all who live, work, and play in the forest and rangelands of northeast Oregon use caution at all times.
     
    The Northeast Oregon District is currently in Fire Season. Public-Use Restrictions are in affect.  Continue checking this website for current fire conditions and danger. 

     

    Fire Prevention
    Logo for Oregon Forestland-Urban Interface Fire Protection Act of 1997 (Senate Bill 360) 
    The Northeast Oregon District participates with fire prevention cooperatives in delivering fire prevention messages throughout the year. The district promotes "I'm Concerned...", "Living with Fire", and "Firewise", and also implements the Oregon Forestland-Urban Interface Fire Protection Act of 1997 (Senate Bill 360).

     

    Use the following links for more information about safely burning slash and other debris


    The Forestland Burning Guide

     

     

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Through technical assistance, financial incentives, education, regulation, and other tools, stewardship foresters in NEO assist landowners with their forest health and timber management objectives.  Program responsibilities include implementation of the Oregon Forest Practices Act, which provides for forest management using techniques that are consistent with conservation and environmental protection.  In addition, stewardship foresters help local communities with Urban and Community Forestry issues.
 
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