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Public Restrictions Lifted at Multiple Forests

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PENDLETON, Ore. - The Umatilla National Forest Service has lifted the public restrictions on campfires, smoking and chainsaws in the Umatilla National Forest. 

The Forest Service says visitors should use caution when building and tending campfires, warming fires, cooking fires, and fires in wood stoves.

Rangers say the potential for wildfires still exists, despite recent rains and cooler temperatures, so people visiting the forest should never leave a fire unattended and always make sure the campfire is dead-out before leaving the site.

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest has also canceled restrictions on campfires, chainsaws and other activities that had been in place for more than a month.


Fire restrictions, however, will remain in place within one-quarter mile of the Snake River, in the Eagle Cap Wilderness and along the Grande Ronde River.

Though restrictions have eased, fire management officers want to remind campers that fires should be built in a fire ring and should not be left unattended.