Public use restrictions dropped
With rain and cooler temperatures over the weekend, the Prineville District Bureau of Land Management, the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland are dropping public use restrictions.
As part of the reduction in public use restrictions, open fires, including charcoal fires, will be allowed. Be aware that the seasonal restrictions on BLM-administered lands in the following areas remain in effect until Oct. 15:
- Within one-half mile of the river's edge along the Lower Crooked River from the U.S. Highway 97 bridge to Lake Billy Chinook.
- Within one-half mile of Lake Simtustus (between Round Butte Dam and Pelton Dam).
- Within one-half mile of the river's edge from the Highway 20 bridge to Lake Billy Chinook, including all BLM-administered lands north of the Jefferson county line and between the Deschutes River.
- Within the Lower Deschutes National Wild and Scenic River corridor (Pelton Dam to the Columbia River).
Lake Billy Chinook
Public lands located within one-half mile of Lake Billy Chinook, including BLM Beach dispersed recreation site located approximately one-half mile east of the Three Rivers Recreation Area on the south shore of the Metolius River Arm of the lake.
- Within one-half mile of the river's edge from its confluence with the Deschutes River upstream to the eastern boundary of the Mount Hood National Forest.
The Industrial Fire Precaution Level 2 (partial hoot-owl) remains in place. Under that level, commercial and personal woodcutting, welding, cable yarding and blasting is allowed, where authorized, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. with a minimum of a one-hour fire watch following activity.
Officials carefully consider the current fire situation, fuel moisture and predicted weather before making the decision to lift fire restrictions. Fire officials want to remind people recreating on public lands to continue to use caution even though fall is approaching and temperatures are cooling down; wildfires are still possible. All campfires, including warming fires used by hunters, should be cold to the touch when not being watched.
To keep up-to-date on prescribed fire and wildfire activity, follow the Central Oregon Fire District at www.centraloregonfire.org or on Twitter at @CentralORFire.