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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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    Fire Season Ends in Northeast Oregon
      
    As of 12:01 p.m. on October 23, 2014, fire season is officially terminated for forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Northeast Oregon District.  This includes private, state, county, municipal, and tribal lands in seven counties: Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla, and small portions of Grant, Malheur, and Morrow.  Scattered rain showers throughout the district over the past few weeks combined with cooler fall temperatures has reduced the fire danger.  However, John Buckman, Northeast Oregon District Forester reminds the public to implement safe practices when using fire in the fall months. “Fall is a good time to burn forest slash or yard debris but please recognize that just one sunny and windy day can change conditions very quickly.  Each fall we respond to escape fires so please continue to use fire in a responsible manner.”  Technical advice for burning and smoke management can be obtained from your local ODF office.
     
    With the termination of fire season, requirements such as providing fire-fighting equipment at logging sites or obtaining a burning permit for burn barrels are no longer in effect.  However, terminating fire season does not relieve landowners or forest operators of lawful responsibilities concerning the safe burning of debris or slash.  Windy conditions combined with warm weather could cause unpredictable fire behavior.
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  • 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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