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Hunter information boots open in Central Oregon

Fire danger remains high in central Oregon. In an effort to prevent human-caused fires during hunting season, wildland fire officials will host Hunter Information Booths across Central Oregon Wednesday, Sept. 26 to Friday, Sept. 28. (See below for location and times). Current fire restriction information will be provided to the public regarding open fires, off-road driving, chainsaw use, smoking in the forest, and more. Maps will be available for sale and road closure information will also be available. Coffee will also be available at most locations.
   Early fall is the most dynamic time of year for fire danger. Cold nights alone do not provide adequate moisture and hot afternoons continue to dry out vegetation. Central Oregon received scattered showers over the past week but in recent days has not seen any moisture. The message to hunters and recreationists is to call ahead to the area you are visiting and find out the current fire use restrictions, which can change quickly and vary from place to place.
   Fire season remains in effect on all Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands.
   Fire restriction/fire use information can be found at the following locations:
   Private lands in the Central Oregon area - The Oregon Department of Forestry:
   Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson counties - Prineville Unit 541-447-5658
   Gilliam, Morrow, Hood River, and Wasco counties - The Dalles Unit 541-296-4626
   Wheeler, Grant, and Harney counties - John Day Unit 541-575-1139
   http://oregon.gov/ODF/FIELD/COD/aboutus.shtml
   Public lands - USDA Forest Service
   Deschutes National Forest 541-383-5300
   Ochoco National Forest 541-416-6500
   Malheur National Forest 541-575-1321
   http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire/
   Public lands - USDI Bureau of Land Management
   Prineville District 541-416-6700
   http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire/
   Hunter Booth Locations:
   Prineville - at Ray's on the East side of Prineville off Highway 26
   Wednesday 9/26/12 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
   Thursday 9/27/12 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
   Friday 9/28/12 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
   Sister's- at Ray's West end of Sister's on HWY 20
   Thursday 9/27/12 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.
   Friday 9/28/12 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
   La Pine - at Ray's located on Hwy 97 South in La Pine
   Thursday 9/27/12 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
   Friday 9/28/12 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
   Walker Range-Highway 58 - On Highway 58 at mile post 71
   Thursday 9/27/12 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
   Friday 9/28/12 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
   The Dalles - Memaloose Rest Area on I84 Thursday 9/27/12 6 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
   Friday 9/28/12 6 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
   The Dalles - Dodson Road
   Thursday 9/27/12 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
   Friday 9/28/12 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
   Mt. Vernon- Hwy 26
   Wednesday 9/26/12 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.
   Thursday 9/27/12 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.
   Friday 9/28/12 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.
   The hunter booths are brought to you by the Central Oregon Fire Prevention Cooperative, the Klamath County Fire Prevention Cooperative the Mid-Columbia Fire Prevention Cooperative and the Grant-Harney Fire Prevention Co-op.