Umatilla National Forest lifts fire restrictions

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PENDLETON -- Restrictions on campfires and smoking in the Umatilla National Forest have been lifted.

Rain and cooler temperatures have eased prohibitions on fires and smoking outside of designated areas, said Brian Goff, fire staff officer. The restrictions were implemented in mid-July to reduce the risk of wildfires.

Despite the lifting of restrictions, Goff urged hunters, campers and other forest visitors to be careful with all fires and wood stoves. "Never leave a fire unattended and always make sure the campfire is dead-out before leaving the site," he said.

Information on the latest restrictions is available by 1-877-958-9663 toll free or online at www.fs.fed.us/r6/uma/.

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