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PENDLETON — Due to increased fire danger and dry weather conditions, Phase A of the Public Use Restrictions for smoking, off-road travel and chainsaw use go into effect on the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, July 28.

The Forest Service announced the restrictions in a press release. Phase A is the first level of wildfire-prevention restrictions, generally implemented when the fire danger is moderate to high. National forests phase in restrictions as conditions warrant. Restrictions under Phase A include:

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