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Hunter information booths open in central Oregon next week
Oregon Department of Forestry News Release
 
September 6, 2012                                                     
Major media distribution
 
Contacts:
Kevin Benton, Oregon Department of Forestry, Prineville: 541-447-5658
Echo Murray, Walker Range Fire Patrol Association, Highway 58: 541-433-2451
Angie Johnson, Oregon Department of Forestry, John Day: 541-575-1139
Kiel Nairns, Oregon Department of Forestry, The Dalles: 541-296-4626,
Sisters Fire Department: 541-549-0771
 
 
Fire danger remains high in central Oregon. In an effort to prevent human-caused fires during hunting season, wildland fire officials will host Hunter Information Booths across Central Oregon Wednesday, September 26 to Friday, September 28. (See below for location and times). Current fire restriction information will be provided to the public regarding open fires, off-road driving, chainsaw use, smoking in the forest, and more. Maps will be available for sale and road closure information will also be available. Coffee will also be available at most locations.
 
Early fall is the most dynamic time of year for fire danger. Cold nights alone do not provide adequate moisture and hot afternoons continue to dry out vegetation. Central Oregon received scattered showers over the past week but in recent days has not seen any moisture. The message to hunters and recreationists is to call ahead to the area you are visiting and find out the current fire use restrictions, which can change quickly and vary from place to place.
 
Fire season remains in effect on all Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands.
 
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
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/

Hunter Booth Locations:
  • Prineville – at Ray’s, on the East side of Prineville off Highway 26
    Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 5:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Thursday, September 27, 2012, 5:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Friday, September 28, 2012, 5:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Sisters - at Ray’s, on the West end of Sisters on Highway 20
    Thursday, September 27, 2012, 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.
    Friday, September 28, 2012, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.                                                 
  • La Pine – at Ray’s, located on Highway 97 South in La Pine
    Thursday, September 27, 2012, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Friday, September 28, 2012, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Walker Range - Highway 58 – On Highway 58 at mile post 71
    Thursday, September 27, 2012, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Friday, September 28, 2012, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • The Dalles – Memaloose Rest Area on I-84
    Thursday, September 27, 2012, 6 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Friday, September 28, 2012, 6 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • The Dalles – Dodson Road
    Thursday, September 27, 2012, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Friday, September 28, 2012, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Mt. Vernon - Highway 26
    Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.
    Thursday, September 27, 2012, 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.
    Friday, September 28, 2012, 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.
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The hunter booths are brought to you by the Central Oregon Fire Prevention Cooperative, the Klamath County Fire Prevention Cooperative, the Mid-Columbia Fire Prevention Cooperative, and the Grant-Harney Fire Prevention Cooperative.
 
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