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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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    Northeast Oregon District implements
    Regulated Use Closure as wildfire danger increases
     
    Forecasted warm dry weather and increased thunderstorm activity has prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) Northeast Oregon District to institute a Regulated-Use Closure starting at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.  All lands protected by the district will be placed under heightened fire safety restrictions at that time, including forestland within one-eighth mile of the district boundary. 
    Fire Season Begins on Lands in Northeast Oregon
    PRIVATE LANDS IN NORTHEAST OREGON ENTER FIRE SEASON WITH UNSEASONABLY DRY FUEL CONDITIONS
                
     
    “We are going into fire season a couple weeks earlier than normal,” explains Dennis Perilli, Pendleton Unit Forester for the Northeast Oregon District of the Oregon Department of Forestry.  “The drying of the larger dead fuel is two to three weeks ahead of schedule, a similar situation to what firefighters are experiencing on the Two Bulls Fire near Bend. This year's grass crop is tall and abundant and although it is still green in most places, the warm dry weather that we are having will allow that grass to start curing soon.”  The increasing fire danger has prompted fire officials to declare FIRE SEASON beginning at 12:01 a.m., Wednesday, June 11, 2014 for forest and range lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry, Northeast Oregon District.  A fire season declaration places fire prevention restrictions on landowners and the public.  Land affected includes 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.  Perilli cautions, “I think we should be prepared for a busy fire season and ask that all those who live, work or recreate in the forest practice good fire prevention.”
        
       
     
                  
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 not 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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