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Located in La Grande Oregon the Blue Mountain Interagency Fire Center is the home for the Blue Mountain 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.


Blue Mountain Fire Information Blog
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.

News

2022 Seasonal Hiring opens Nov. 5th Important News!

Wednesday, October 27th, 2021, 10:26:47 AM PDT
BMIDC - BAKER CITY, Ore. (October 22, 2021) – The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest (WWNF) is seeking to fill a variety of seasonal positions to start in 2022. USAjobs.gov is accepting applications November 5th-12th.

The WWNF will be hosting a virtual open house on Monday, November 8, 2021, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. During this time, interested candidates can meet supervisors in their fields of interest, ask questions, and learn more about the application process. Please complete this outreach form to RSVP and receive an open house invitation.

While an application on USAJOBS is required to be considered for any of these positions, we also strongly encourage you contact position supervisors in your fields of interest. Positions and locations are listed on pages 8-17 of the 2022 Seasonal Job Opportunities outreach notice. Starting on the 5th, positions can be found by searching one (or all) of the duty stations listed below. Please note that the applications are due no later than 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time on November 12th.

Some positions available include:

  • Biological Science Technician (Stream Surveyor, Invasive Plants, Botany, Natural Resource Crew)
  • Forestry Technician (Timber Marking, Stand Improvement, Recreation, Trails, OHV, Developed Recreation, River Ranger, Wilderness)
  • Engineering Technician
  • Survey Technician (NE Oregon Land Zone, Boundary Crew)
  • Hydrologic Technician
  • Forestry Technician - Fire (Fuels, Suppression, Hotshot, Helitack, Dispatch)

    Duty stations:
  • Joseph, OR
  • Baker City, OR
  • Halfway, OR
  • Unity, OR
  • Clarkston, WA
  • Riggins, ID

    More information about current job opportunities with the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/wallowa-whitman/about-forest/jobs.

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    USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

    For USDA Forest Service 2022 Fire Hire Outreach Notice – Temporary Positions, click here.

    For Forest Service Temporary Seasonal Hiring Seminar Slides PDF Version, click here.

    Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Temporary Employment Outreach Survey, click here.

    Oregon Department Of Forestry Declares An End To Fire Season Important News!

    Wednesday, October 20th, 2021, 11:10:24 AM PDT
    La Grande, OR - As of 12:01 am, October 22nd, 2021, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) will terminate fire season for forestlands protected by the Northeast Oregon District. This includes over 2 million acres of private, state, county, municipal and tribal lands protected by ODF. The Northeast Oregon District includes lands in the following counties: Union, Baker, Umatilla, Wallowa and small portions of Grant, Morrow and Malheur counties.

    “Although the weather conditions are cooler, and some precipitation has fallen around the region, there’s still a chance of fires escaping on dry and windy days. There are all kinds of opportunities for folks to get out and enjoy the outdoors, but we are still asking everyone to be cautious.” Said Justin Lauer, acting Pendleton Unit Forester.

    The end of fire season means landowners protected by ODF can burn residential yard debris and burn barrels without a permit. This does not relieve landowners or forest operators of lawful responsibilities concerning the safe burning of debris or slash piles.

    Specific Smoke Management/Burning Advisory Information:

  • If you are under the protection of a rural or city fire department, please be sure to follow their burning restrictions. Additionally, burning within the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) requires a permit from CTUIR. You must follow all requirements as outlined in the permit. Burn permits for burn barrels or small amounts of yard debris are not required on lands protected only by ODF Northeast Oregon District.

  • Burning slash from forestry and logging activities requires a Notification of Operation/PDM from ODF. In addition to this permit, landowners are required to obtain a smoke management permit from their local ODF office. Before burning in northeast Oregon, it is also required to obtain the smoke management weather forecast. For smoke management forecasts visit the following website: http://www.odf.state.or.us/DIVISIONS/protection/fire_protection/Daily/neo.htm

  • The Northeast Oregon District of the Oregon Department of Forestry would like to thank all our landowners, forest operators, the public and interagency partners for their efforts in fire prevention, detection, and suppression activities this season.

    To report a fire, call the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center at (541)963-7171, or dial 9-1-1.

    For PDF version of release, click here.

    Public Use Restrictions lifted on the Umatilla National Forest Important News!

    Friday, October 15th, 2021, 8:44:44 AM PDT
    BMIDC - PENDLETON, Ore. (October 14, 2021) – Recent precipitation and cooler weather conditions across the Umatilla National Forest has decreased fire danger, prompting fire managers to lift all public use restrictions pertaining to recreational chainsaw use, smoking, and off-road travel, effective 12 a.m. on Oct. 15, 2021.

    For full news release,click 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 is your Safety"

    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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