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Fire restrictions ease on private lands in NE Oregon
Rain and cooler temperatures have prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry to ease fire restrictions on private forestlands in the Northeast Oregon District, starting Friday.
ODF removed additional restrictions added Aug. 9 to an existing regulated-use closure. Areas affected by the change include private, state, county, municipal and tribal lands in Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla counties and small portions of Grant, Malheur and Morrow counties.
The original regulated-use closure, enacted July 15 to limit human-caused fires, remains in place.
"The recent wetting rains from passing thunderstorms have provided us some relief from the extreme fire danger we were experiencing,” said Matt Howard, Wallowa Unit Wildland fire supervisor. “We don't want people to become complacent with the current conditions, since our forest fuels will dry out quickly, keeping the fire danger at High levels.”