Jul 122021

Across County Lines: All Hancock Forest Management Lands in northeast Oregon closed due to extreme fire danger

Across County Lines: All Hancock Forest Management Lands in northeast Oregon closed due to extreme fire danger

LA GRANDE, Ore.—Hancock Forest Management lands in northeast Oregon are now closed to all public access due to extreme fire danger.

The restrictions impact Hancock properties in the travel management areas Shamrock, Whiskey Cr, Noregaard, Little Catherine Cr, Meacham and any other Hancock properties enrolled in the A&H program in northeast Oregon.

The Wallowa Whitman National Forest also announced yesterday that it is moving to Industrial Fire Precaution Level 4 due to extreme fire danger. See their website for more detail, https://www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman and find other forest service webpages at https://www.fs.usda.gov/

With this year’s extreme fire danger, hunters, anglers and others heading outdoors are reminded to “know before you go” and check for access restrictions due to fire danger. Usually, smoking and off-road driving is prohibited; vehicles are required to carry a gallon of water or fully charged 2.5 pound fire extinguisher and shovel when off state highway or county roads, and campfires are restricted or prohibited.  The Oregon Department of Forestry public fire restrictions map is a good source of info, https://gisapps.odf.oregon.gov/Firerestrictions/PFR.html or check with the land manager where you are headed.

Remember many outdoor recreation areas burned in last year’s fires also remain closed to public access; see the Interagency access map for information https://wildfire.oregon.gov/Pages/Recreation-Impacts.aspx

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