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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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    Regulated-Use Closure terminated on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry
    Fire Season still in effect
     
     
          As of 12:01 am, October 14, 2014, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has terminated the fire prevention related Regulated-Use Closure for private forestlands protected by the Northeast Oregon District.  Campfires and warming fires are allowed with landowner permission.  Matt Howard, Wallowa Unit Wildland Fire Supervisor, cautions “Campfires should not be left unattended as they could spread to wildland fuels.”  Build campfires in a safe location by scraping away leaves and litter to bare soil on all sides of the fire.  All fires should be DEAD OUT!  DROWN all embers, sticks, and coals, STIR the coals with a shovel, DROWN the area again. 
     
        Fire season remains in effect for private, state, county, municipal, and tribal lands protected by the Northeast Oregon District in the following counties: Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla, and small portions of Grant, Malheur, and Morrow Counties.  Open fires (except campfires), debris burns and burn barrels on ODF protected lands require a burn permit, contact your local office for information.
     
     
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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