Stage 1 fire restrictions ordered for Hill and Roosevelt counties
Last updated 8/12/2020 at 11:18am
LEWISTOWN — The long, hot days of summer are drying out the vegetation in north-central Montana. The resulting increased fire danger has prompted authorities to begin implementing fire restrictions.
Hill and Roosevelt counties will begin Stage 1 fire restrictions Friday starting at 12:01 a.m.
The restrictions apply to all state, private and Bureau of Land Managements-managed lands within these counties. All U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service managed lands within these counties will not implement fire restrictions at this time.
Representatives from Fort Peck Indian Reservation also elected to enter Stage 1 fire restrictions for all tribal lands located in Roosevelt County.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 office has elected to ban all campfires from fishing access sites in Hill and Roosevelt counties except for the Bear Paw Lake fishing access site.
Stage 1 fire restrictions apply to campfires and smoking. Under Stage 1 restrictions, the following acts are prohibited:
• Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire except within a developed recreation site, fire ring or improved site.
• Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
Exemptions to the above Stage 1 prohibitions include:
• Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
• Persons using a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.
• Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
• Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
• All land within a city boundary is exempted.
• Other exemptions unique to each agency/tribe/jurisdiction.
Fireworks are prohibited on all state and federal lands. Exploding targets available for sale to recreational shooters are considered a pyrotechnic product and are prohibited on federally managed lands year-round.
Any person who causes a wildfire intentionally or through negligence will be held accountable for damage and suppression costs.
For additional information on fire restrictions, visit the fire restrictions website at http://www.firerestrictions.us or contact Shannon Bonney, Lewistown Area restrictions coordinator, at 406-538-1942.