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Central Oregon Hunter Information Booths Open Next Week
News Release
September 19, 2013       
Kevin Benton, Oregon Department of Forestry, Prineville, 541-447-5658
Echo Murray, Walker Range Forest Protective Association Hwy 58, 541-433-2451
Rob Pentzer, Oregon Department of Forestry, John Day, 541-575-1139
Kiel Nairns, Oregon Dept. of Forestry, The Dalles, 541-296-4626
Hunter Information Booths will be open across central Oregon Wednesday, Sept. 25, through Friday, Sept. 27. (See below for locations and times). 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, September 25, 2013, 5:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 26, 2013, 5:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, September 27, 2013, 5:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sisters- at Ray’s west end of Sisters on Highway 20                                    
Thursday, September 26, 2013, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, September 27, 2013, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.                                                  
La Pine – at Ray’s  located on Highway 97 south in La Pine
Thursday, September 26, 2013, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, September 27, 2013 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Walker Range – On Highway 58 at mile post 71                  
Thursday, September 26, 2013, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 27, 2013, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The Dalles – Memaloose Rest Area on I-84
Thursday, September 26, 2013, 8 a.m. – To dark                                             
Friday, September 27, 2013, 8 a.m. – To dark
The Dalles – Dodson Road
Thursday, September 26, 2013, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, September 27, 2013, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Mt. Vernon City Hall – on Highway 26    
Thursday, September 26, 2013, 8 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Friday, September 27, 2013, 8 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
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 Co-op.