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.
Blue Mountain Interactive Prescribed Fire Projects Map
This interactive map shows active, planned and recently completed prescribed fire units for the Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests.
Union County Begins Early Fire Season and Declares Drought
Wednesday, June 9th, 2021, 10:48:56 AM PDT
La Grande, OR - Union County Board of Commissioners voted in a regular session today to enter regulated fire season on June 15, 2021. County Ordinance 2018-01 states the County Commissioners may enter the regulated fire season prior to July 1 based on a recommendation from the Union County Fire Defense Board and current conditions within the county. The Fire Defense Board consists of all Fire Chiefs within Union County.
Fire Defense Board Chief Craig Kretschmer stated the recommendation was made due to extremely dry fuel conditions and several fire starts locally and regionally. Local conditions are very dry and are forecasted to continue for the immediate future.
During regulated use fire season, no open burning is allowed on private lands within rural fire protection districts as well as outside of city limits and on all private lands in Union County. The provision does not include regulated agricultural field burning or the use of gas or pellet barbecues at residences. Burn barrels from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM and recreational fires are also allowed under regulated use as long as they meet provisions within the ordinance. The ordinance may be read in its entirety at www.union-county.org/emergency-services.
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Oregon Department of Forestry begins fire season in Northeast Oregon District
Tuesday, June 8th, 2021, 9:53:53 AM PDT
La Grande, OR - A drier than normal spring and stretches of warmer than normal weather has prompted Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) to begin fire season on private forest lands in northeast Oregon. “We’ve been seeing fire conditions and behavior that is more indicative of mid to late July recently.” Joe Hessel, District Forester said.
FIRE SEASON will begin at 12:01 a.m., Wednesday, June 9 for forest and range lands protected by ODF Northeast Oregon District. “The fuel moisture of our dead fuels is already at a point where they will readily burn, and it won’t be long before our grasses have cured. By declaring fire season, we can put measures in place to prevent human-caused fires. We’re already seeing fires caused by lightning, so we need to use the tools we have to minimize other ignition sources.” Said Hessel. The fire season declaration places fire prevention restrictions on landowners and public. Additionally, fire prevention regulations on industrial logging and forest management activities are put into place. Lands affected include private, state, county, municipal, and tribal lands in Union, Baker, Wallowa, and Umatilla counties along with small portions of Malheur, Morrow and Grant counties within the Northeast Oregon Forest Protection District. This area encompasses approximately 2 million protected acres.
Hessel states “In a normal season, we would have experienced spring moisture which typically delays the start of fire season until later in June. This season, significant amounts of moisture have been absent. We’ve already had substantial fires on the landscape and it’s time to do everything we can to mitigate fire starts.” Thunderstorms that passed through the area last week caused several early season ignitions around the region.
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Joseph Canyon and Dry Creek Fires 6/11/2021
Monday, June 14th, 2021, 12:42:04 PM PDT
Enterprise, OR - This morning, at 6:00 a.m., NW Team 7 transitioned management of the fire back to local agencies. Northwest Team 7 would like to thank the entire Wallowa County community for their support as well as firefighters for all their hard work throughout this incident. Local agencies will continue to monitor conditions and will remain ready in the event there are changes to the current status.
An e-mail has been established specifically for inquiries about the fires. Please send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
Other Fire News
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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