Welcome to the Blue Mountain Interagency Fire Center
Located in La Grande Oregon the Blue Mountain Interagency Fire Center is the home for the Blue Mountian Interagency Dispatch Center, the La Grande Air Tanker Base and the La Grande Fire Cache.
The Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center (BMIDC) is the interagency focal point for coordinating the mobilization of resources for wildland fire, wildland fire use, prescribed fire and other all-risk incidents throughout Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington.
The Dispatch Center also provides Intelligence and Predictive Services related-products to support wildland fire managers and firefighters throughout BMIDC's zone of influence.
Information regarding current wildfire activity in the Blue Mountain area of Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington. Hosted by Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center, Oregon Department of Forestry's Northeast Oregon District, Umatilla National Forest, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
Blue Mountain Prescribed Fire Council
Information regarding prescribed burning activity in the Blue Mountain area of Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington. Hosted by Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center, Oregon Department of Forestry's Northeast Oregon District, Umatilla National Forest, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
Vale BLM lifting fire restrictions in Eastern Oregon
Friday, September 13th, 2019, 9:33:33 AM PDT
BMIDC - Vale, Ore. – Effective Saturday, Sept. 14, the Vale District Bureau of Land Management will lift fire use restrictions on all Vale BLM-administered lands, including Bureau of Reclamation lands, in eastern Oregon.
Fire managers have determined that cooler temperatures, shorter days, current weather projections and decreased overall fire danger justify the lifting, which is about two weeks earlier than in past years, but warn fire season is not over yet.
“Once grasses dry out in early summer, they react quickly to changes in the weather the rest of the year,” Fire Mitigation and Education Specialist Al Crouch said. “Even though it has been cool and wet recently, a few days of warm, dry and windy conditions can dry out dead grass and brush quickly and elevate fire danger again.”
The Oregon/ Washington General Fire Prevention Order issued May 8 will remain in effect through Oct. 31. It prohibits open burning other than campfires and requires all flammable material to be removed from around the campfire itself to prevent it from escaping.
Read the full news release here.
2019 Fire Prevention Order Bureau of Land Management Oregon/Washington
Thursday, September 12th, 2019, 1:04:18 PM PDT
BMIDC - The following acts are prohibited on land administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon and Washington beginning on midnight May 10, 2019, and continuing to Midnight, October 31, 2019.
a. Cause a fire, other than a campfire, or the industrial flaring of gas, to be ignited by any source;
b. Fire a tracer or incendiary device;
c. Burn timber, trees, slash, brush, tundra, or grass except as used in campfires;
In addition to the above-listed, prohibited acts, this fire prevention order prohibits igniting, possessing, or using fireworks, as well as target shooting with exploding targets. An incendiary device is defined as any firebomb and any device designed or special adapted to cause physical harm to person or property by means of fire and consisting of an incendiary substance or agency and a means to ignite. Examples include but are not limited to a flamethrower, Molotov cocktail, or accelerant.
For full release click here, 2019 BLM Fire Prevention Order
Regulated-Use Closure terminated on lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Season still in effect
Monday, September 9th, 2019, 10:05:18 AM PDT
BMIDC - As of 12:01 am, September 10, 2019, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has terminated the RegulatedUse Closure, or Public Use Restrictions for forestlands protected by the Northeast Oregon District. Due to moderating weather and seasonal temperatures and precipitation, the closure and the associated fire prevention restrictions are no longer necessary. Campfires fires are now allowed with landowner permission. Steve Meyer, Baker Wildland Fire Supervisor, cautions “The recent precipitation has been welcome across the region. Although we seem to have entered a fall weather pattern, it’s important to stay aware of how quickly conditions can change. A warm or breezy day can dry the lighter fuels out and we can quickly be back into a dangerous fire situation. Making sure that campfires and burn barrels are always attended is a good step towards fire safety. Ensure the fire is dead out before leaving.”
While Public Use fire restrictions have eased, Fire Season remains in effect for private, state, county, municipal and tribal lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry. Burn permits are required for all open fires (except campfires), debris burns and burn barrels. ODF will still need to issue a burn permit for any open burns or burn barrels within the protection district until weather conditions warrant an end to fire season.
Fire restrictions may differ on lands protected by rural fire departments or lands managed by the US Forest Service or BLM. Check local regulations before burning. More information on fire restrictions can be found the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center website at www.bmidc.org.
To report a fire, call the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center at (541)963-7171, or dial 9-1-1.
Full News Release available here.
Specific fire locations and other information can be found on the Incident Information Page.
Industrial Fire Precautions and Fire Danger Ratings are on the Current Conditions Page.
Public Use Restrictions (wood cutting, campfires, etc.) are on the Fire Restrictions Page.
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Our mission at BMIDC is to provide a service for our users through committed leadership, personal dedication and passion for the safety of all those we serve
It is our commitment to provide efficient and effective response while insuring the safety of the public, our natural resource employees, and our wildland firefighters. We strive to provide, reliable, courteous, responsive and professional communications services.
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