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Wallowa-Whitman cancels restrictions

Public use restrictions on the forest ended Wednesday morning

BAKER CITY — Public-use restrictions regarding campfires, chainsaws, smoking and off-road vehicle travel on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest have been lifted.

The restrictions ended at midnight Wednesday morning.

“I would like to remind the public that although cooler temperatures and recent rain have reduced the need for public use restrictions, we are still in fire season,” said Bret Ruby, fire management officer for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. “Fires should be built in a fire ring and should never be left unattended.  

“Please help us prevent wildfires. Extinguish campfires by adding water and stirring the coals until the fire is completely out.”

Forest visitors are reminded to obtain the most current public use restriction information before heading out. 

Forest officials remind residents to call any Forest Service office — Baker City, 541-523-6391; Joseph, 541-426-5546; La Grande, 541-963-7186; Halfway, 541-742-7511 — or visit the Forest Service website at www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman if they are unsure which restrictions apply. 

Fire restrictions within a quarter-mile of the Snake River, in the Eagle Cap Wilderness and along the Grande Ronde River are not affected and will remain in place, according to officials with the Wallowa-Whitman.

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