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 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.
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.
The Northeast Oregon Interagency Type 3 Incident Management Team Is Now Accepting Enrollment
Wednesday, April 6th, 2022, 12:08:03 PM PDT
BMIDC - The Northeast Oregon Interagency Type 3 Incident Management Team is now accepting enrollment. To be considered for a position on the team please follow this link. Northeast Oregon Type Three Team Enrollment 2022. Enrollment will be open through June with a final roster created July 1.
The Northeast Oregon Interagency Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT3) is designed to manage a Type 3 incident until conclusion, provide management for an emerging large incident until smooth transition can be made to an arriving Type 2 or Type 1 team, or provide management transition of a Type 2 incident back to the local agency.
The IMT3 is available for dispatch to any wildland fire incident within the area protected by the agencies represented at the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center (BMIDC). An order for an IMT3 for out of area (non BMIDC coverage footprint) incidents will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by the following prior to team being assigned out of area: Fire Staff from the Umatilla and Wallowa Whitman National Forest and Northeast Oregon District Forester or their acting. Additionally, all IMT Team Members will meet Incident Qualifications Requirements for Type 3 Incident Management Teams as defined in PMS 310-1 for any out of area assignments.
Again, for enrollment click here.
Mushroom Harvesting Permits Now Available
Tuesday, April 26th, 2022, 8:41:20 AM PDT
Baker City, Ore - It’s that time of year again! As we head out to the Forest, many species of friendly fungi rest on the forest floor, ready for harvesting. If you know where to look, and what to look for, mushrooms are available to pick for personal consumption within the daily legal limits: one gallon in Oregon and five gallons in Washington.
No permit or payment is required to harvest, possess, or transport up to these legal limits, provided the mushrooms are not sold or traded but enjoyed by the picker. The 2022 Mushroom Guide is available in three different languages on the Forest’s website and includes important rules and helpful tips regarding harvesting mushrooms off National Forest lands.
Those seeking to harvest mushrooms beyond the legal limit, or for commercial purposes, will first need to obtain a commercial permit. Permit sales will begin Monday, April 25, 2022. Commercial pickers who plan to camp in the National Forest will also need an industrial camping permit. Please contact the nearest National Forest office to discuss your permit needs.
For full release click here, Mushroom Harvesting Permits Now Available
For full 2022 Mushroom Guide, click here.
Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests firewood permits available May 1
Tuesday, April 26th, 2022, 4:25:01 PM PDT
BMIDC - Umatilla National Forest Firewood Permits Available May 1
PENDLETON, Ore. (April 26, 2022) — Umatilla National Forest personal-use firewood permits will be available through several local vendors beginning Sunday, May 1, and at Forest Service offices during regular business hours beginning Monday, May 2.
All National Forests in Oregon and Washington are now offering personal-use firewood free of charge; however a permit is still required to cut and haul firewood. The maximum limit for personal-use firewood on the Umatilla National Forest is 12-cords-per-household-per-year. Individuals that require more than 12 cords, or those wanting to sell firewood, may purchase a commercial or “charge” firewood permit for $10 per cord with a $30 minimum permit. Charge permits can only be purchased through a Forest Service office.
Vendors are issuing personal-use firewood permits in increments of four-cord packets and may charge an additional processing fee up to $2 for each packet acquired through local businesses. A list of vendors is available on the Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla.
For full release click here, Umatilla National Forest firewood permits available May 1.
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Free Personal-use Firewood Permits
BAKER CITY, Ore. (April 7, 2022) – Beginning May 1, 2022, the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest will offer free personal-use firewood permits, with a limit of 10 cords per household, per year. Permits will be available, at no charge, over the counter at local FS Offices and through a variety of local vendors. A processing fee of up to $2 per transaction may be charged when obtaining the permits from local businesses. Please make sure you contact your local district office to confirm permit availability and vendor locations, as it can vary depending on the district, the availability of wood and the type of permit.
Firewood permits are available starting May 1, 2022, and valid thru November 30, 2022. It is important to remember that early snowpack in the fall or high fire danger in the summer can affect the accessibility of wood and ability to fill firewood permits.
Firewood permits are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Maps showing where you can gather firewood will be provided with your permit.
For full release click here, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Free Personal-use Firewood Permits.
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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