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FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release: August 22, 2014 9:00 a.m.
Central Oregon Fire Update
Central Oregon – Several changes this morning to closures in the National Forests due to reduced fire activity on the Muskrat and South Forks Fires. In the Deschutes National Forest, the West Cultus Lake boat-in Campground and trails north of Cultus Lake have reopened to public entry. Also, the entire closure area in the Ochoco National Forest has reopened to the public, although there are still closures in place on BLM and Malheur National Forests associated with the South Forks Complex. The fire information number for this incident is 866-347-0636 or find the most recent closures and announcements at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/. The South Forks Complex is now 90% contained.
Public use restrictions as well as an Industrial Fire Precaution Level III (IFPL III) are still in place for Federal lands in Central Oregon. The public use restriction currently prohibits open fires, including charcoal fires, except in designated campgrounds. IFPL III means that personal and commercial woodcutters are prohibited from operating power saws. Public use restrictions and the IFPL III apply to the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, Crooked River National Grassland, and the BLM Prineville District. For details on these specific restrictions, please contact the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center at 541-416-6811.