VALE, Ore. -- Bureau of Land Management Vale District is struggling to contain Owyhee Fire in Malheur County, and have announced a fire prevention order that will take effect immediately.
Officials say visitors or campers cannot and should not build any campfires, or fires in general at area recreation sites, as well as not lighting any fireworks on public land.
Smoking is also not allowed outside of a vehicle, trailer or building, unless you're on a river or lake.
Penalties for doing any of these, they say include large fines and possibly jail-time.
Here is the complete list of rules being enforced in Malheur County and other parts of Eastern Oregon:
- You must not build, maintain or attend a campfire, or stove fire, including charcoal briquette fire, except within the existing metal fire rings located at the following recreation sites; Spring Recreation Site and Carters Landing in Baker County and Chukkar Park in Malheur County. However, Liquefied and bottled gas stoves and heaters are permitted. When used outside of developed recreation sites, they must be used within an area at least 10 feet in diameter that is barren or clear of all flammable materials.
- You must not smoke outside of a vehicle, trailer, or building, except within areas barren of all flammable materials for at least a 6-foot diameter, or aboard boats on rivers and lakes.
- You must not possess, discharge, or use any type of fireworks or other pyrotechnic device, to include exploding targets, on public lands at any time.
- You must not operate a chainsaw.
- You must not park your vehicle or operate any type of internal combustion engine (generators, weed eaters, etc.) in an area that is not clear of all flammable material.
- You must not operate a motorized vehicle outside of existing roads and ways. This prohibits cross country travel until this order is rescinded.
- You must not operate an automobile, pickup, truck, or any other motorized equipment that is wider than 50 inches or has a dry weight of 800 pounds or more, on public lands without a shovel not less than 26 inches in overall length, with a blade not less than 8 inches wide, and a container with at least one gallon of water, or a fully charged 2.5-pound fire extinguisher.