Current Conditions: Public Use Restrictions in Effect

Updated September 14, 2020
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Due to the extreme fire danger in south central Oregon and northwest Nevada, Public Use Restrictions will be in effect beginning at 12:01 a.m. on July 24, 2020. These restrictions apply to all lands within Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge (NAR) and Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Until further notice, the following restrictions apply:
  • Building, maintaining attending or using campfires or charcoal fires is only allowed in the Virgin Valley Campground on Sheldon NWR as well as Camp Hart Mountain and Hot Springs campgrounds on Hart Mountain NAR.  9/14/20 UPDATE: ALL CAMPFIRES PROHIBITED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
  • Self-contained gas grills or bottled fuel camp stoves (white gas or propane) are permitted in all designated campgrounds and backcountry areas.  
  • Smoking is only allowed in an enclosed vehicle or developed recreation site or while within an area at least three feet in diameter that is void of all flammable material including vegetation. 
  • Motorized vehicles (this includes all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles, cars, pickups, etc.) may be operated only on established roads where flammable vegetation and debris does not come in contact with the vehicle undercarriage. All motorized vehicles must carry the following equipment:  
    • one shovel not less than 26 inches in overall length, with a blade not less than eight inches wide;
    • one water container of at least one gallon filled to capacity or a 2.5 pound fully charged fire extinguisher and;
    • one axe or Pulaski with a handle at least 26 inches in length and a head weight of not less than two pounds.       
  • Vehicle undercarriages including skid plates must be kept free of flammable vegetative debris. 
  • Motorized vehicles parked off of roadways must be in an area barren of flammable material, including vegetation. 
  • Internal combustion engines (generators, etc.) not previously addressed may be operated only within designated campgrounds/areas where regularly allowed. 
  • Power saw operations are prohibited. 
  • No welding equipment may be used, including acetylene or open flame torches. 
  • Spark arresting devices must be properly installed and maintained on all internal combustion engines. 

    Members of the public are cautioned that failure to comply with these restrictions may result in criminal and/or civil penalties.

    Information on current restrictions may be obtained at 541-947-6259 for the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center. Additional information on Public Use Restrictions can be found at the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center website.

    Hot and dry weather is expected to continue in the coming weeks. Visitors should expect high temperatures in the mid-90's and low temperatures in the mid-40’s. Current weather forecasts are available from the National Weather Service.
    Secondary roads are open, but due to the extreme fire danger motorized vehicles may be operated only on established roads where flammable vegetation and debris does not come in contact with the vehicle undercarriage. Visitors should expect some routes may not be usable by any motorized vehicle due to these restrictions. Barnhardy road remains seasonally closed until August 1st.

    The Blue Sky Road is open and passable to most vehicles, but some rougher areas near Post Meadow and Blue Sky are better suited for high clearance vehicles. Secondary roads north of the Refuge Headquarters are open, but may have tall grass, weeds, or other flammable vegetation which prohibits motorized vehicle use.
    All motorized vehicles must have the tools and equipment specified in the above public use restrictions. If you are traveling off the maintained gravel roads you should have at least one extra spare tire, extra food, extra water, and leave information with someone detailing where you are going and when you plan to return. You should not expect to encounter other vehicles or visitors on these roads.

    Facts About Current Conditions: Public Use Restrictions in Effect

    Hart Mountain-Frenchglen Road is OPEN

    Hot Springs Campground Road is OPEN

    Blue Sky Road is OPEN

    Secondary Roads south of Refuge Headquarters are OPEN 

    Secondary Roads north of Refuge Headquarters are OPEN 

    Skyline Drive and Guano Creek Road OPEN

    Barnhardy Road OPEN