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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.


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.

News

Public Use Restrictions move to Phase A on the Umatilla National Forest Important News!

Monday, August 19th, 2019, 5:22:10 PM PDT
BMIDC - PENDLETON, Ore. Ė Due to increased dry weather conditions, Phase A of the Public Use Restrictions (PURS) for smoking, off-road travel, and chainsaw use will go into effect on the Umatilla National Forest at 12:01 a.m. (pacific time) on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019.

Phase A is the first level of wildfire-prevention restrictions, generally implemented when the fire danger is moderate to high. PURS are phased in collectively, as conditions warrant, and may differ from Forest to Forest.

The publicís awareness of the increasing fire danger and cooperation is essential to a safe fire season. Recreationists, firewood cutters, hunters, and other forest users can all help by closely adhering to restrictions, operating safely and cautiously and keeping up-to-date on the latest orders and regulations.

Please check with your local Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) office for public use restrictions on lands protected by ODF. Visit the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch webpage at: www.bmidc.org or contact a local Oregon Department of Forestry office for more complete information. Similar restrictions may be in effect on State and private lands protected by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (WA-DNR). More information can be found on the WA-DNR website at: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/.

For more information about the Umatilla National Forestís Public Use Restrictions, please contact our Pendleton, Oregon office at 541-278-3716, call our Forest Information Hotline at 1-877-958-9663, or visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla/.

Full news release available here.

Public Use Restrictions lifted on the Umatilla National Forest

Monday, August 12th, 2019, 3:29:29 PM PDT
Pendleton, Ore. - Recent widespread rainfall 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 12:01 a.m. on August 13, 2019.

The public is encouraged to practice safe campfire principles when recreating in dispersed and developed campsites. Forest officials recommend the following campfire safety precautions:

The publicís awareness of the current fire danger and cooperation is essential to a safe fire season. Recreationists, firewood cutters, hunters, and other forest users can all help by closely adhering to restrictions, operating safely and cautiously and keeping up-to-date on the latest orders and regulations.

Please check with your local Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) office for public use restrictions on lands protected by ODF. Visit the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch webpage at: www.bmidc.org or contact a local Oregon Department of Forestry office for more complete information. Similar restrictions may be in effect on State and private lands protected by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (WA-DNR). More information can be found on the WA-DNR website at: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/.

For more information about the Umatilla National Forestís Public Use Restrictions, please contact our Pendleton, Oregon office at 541-278-3716, call our Forest Information Hotline at 1-877-958-9663, or visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla/.

Full news release here.

Fire crews respond to new ignitions following lightning storms

Sunday, August 11th, 2019, 12:32:12 PM PDT
BMIDC - PENDLETON, Ore. Ė Fire crews on the Umatilla National Forest are responding to new smoke reports following passing thunderstorms Friday and Saturday. Significant lightning activity occurred across much of the Forest, with approximately 13 new incidents on the Umatilla National Forest reported so far to the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center (BMIDC) and John Day Interagency Dispatch Center (JDIDC). Most of the Forest also received anywhere from a quarter of an inch to three-quarters of an inch of rain yesterday. Scattered showers are also expected to occur today.

Local initial attack resources have been busy responding to these incidents with support from aerial resources. All of the fires are staffed and remain small, less than one acre in size. However, as conditions dry out more smoke reports are expected throughout the next few days. Aerial reconnaissance and fire lookouts are assisting with detection efforts.

The northern portion of the Umatilla National Forest received the most significant fire activity with nine fires reported total between the Pomeroy and Walla Walla Ranger Districts. Four of the fires are located within the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness. All fires are staffed by either local initial attack firefighters or smokejumpers. Firefighters are working to secure and contain those fires today

On the southern portion of the Umatilla National Forest, three fires have been reported on the North Fork John Day Ranger District (two within the North Fork John Day Wilderness) and one fire on the Heppner Ranger District. Fire crews are engaging these fires today and patrolling for additional starts.

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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.

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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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