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.
BLM Fireworks and Exploding Targets Ban 2020
Thursday, May 7th, 2020, 3:49:05 PM PDT
BMIDC - Portland, Ore. Effective May 10, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is prohibiting the use of fireworks, target shooting with exploding targets, and firing tracer or incendiary devices on all BLM-managed public lands throughout Oregon and Washington. The prohibition will remain in effect until October 31.
BLM-managed public lands start to see more visitors in May due to the beautiful weather, especially during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. This annual fire prevention order reminds people to be fire-wise to reduce the number of human-caused wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, said Jose Linares, acting State Director, BLM Oregon/Washington. In dry conditions, sparks can spread quickly from fireworks or exploding targets, putting people, wildlife, and habitats at risk.
For full release click here, BLM Fireworks and Exploding Targets Ban 2020
Mushroom Picking Is Free With In Personal Use Limits On The Blue Mountains National Forests
Thursday, April 30th, 2020, 6:16:20 PM PDT
BMIDC - JOHN DAY, PENDLETON, and BAKER CITY, Ore. For avid mushroom pickers, spring truly begins when friendly fungi return to the forest. Personal-use mushroom picking is free and does not require a permit or payment under the legal limits, which authorizes an individual to harvest, possess, or transport less than a gallon in Oregon and less than five gallons in Washington. These free mushrooms are only available for personal consumption and cannot be sold, bartered, or given away.
Those seeking to pick more than the free personal-use limit are considered commercial gatherers. To help slow the spread of COVID-19, Forest Supervisors on the Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests have postponed the issuance of commercial mushroom permits until 2021. Many commercial operations involve large crews that travel and camp together, which presents a social distancing challenge during the pandemic.
National Forest officials urge visitors to understand and follow State health orders for Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. At this time, all National Forest developed recreation sites including campgrounds, trailhead facilities, picnic areas, rental cabins, Sno-Parks, and boat ramps are temporarily closed to slow the spread of COVID-19. While many forest roads, trails, and areas remain open to the public, visitors are strongly urged to practice social distancing. Mushroom picking is not permitted in any botanical area, research area, or in other areas closed by the Forest Service, including developed recreation sites.
For full release click here, Mushroom Picking Is Free With In Personal Use Limits On The Blue Mountains National Forests
Free Personal-Use Firewood Authorizations Available On The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest From May 1 Through June 1, 2020
Thursday, April 30th, 2020, 6:18:26 PM PDT
BMIDC - BAKER CITY, Ore. Understanding that firewood is a primary heat source for many people, and this is a challenging economic time, Tom Montoya, Forest Supervisor of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, is authorizing free firewood for personal use. With a signed authorization form, up to 4 cords are available per adult from May 1 through June 1, 2020.
A future news release will provide information about standard personal-use firewood permits and commercial firewood permits. The National Forest intends to offer both in addition to the free personal-use authorizations.
To limit person-to-person interactions that can spread COVID-19, authorization forms can be obtained via email or at self-service tables in front of Wallowa-Whitman offices.
For full release click here, Free Personal Use Firewood, On The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest From May 1 to June 1, 2020
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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