Date: July 27, 2007
Contact: Dena Lang (406) 233-2907
Stage I Fire Restrictions in Effect in Eastern Montana
Stage I fire restrictions are now in place on private, state and federal lands in Carter, Custer, Dawson, Garfield, Fallon, McCone, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Rosebud and Wibaux counties. This includes the Ashland and Sioux Ranger Districts of the Custer National Forest, the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Indian Affairs - Northern Cheyenne Agency and the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has entered into Stage 1 fire restrictions; however, they are allowing campfires within established metal fire rings at the following sites within Region 7: Hell Creek State Park and Rock Creek Fishing Access Site: Garfield County, Tongue River Reservoir State Park: Big Horn County, Roche Jaune Fishing Access Site: Custer County, East Rosebud Fishing Access Site: Rosebud County, Sidney Bridge Fishing Access Site: Richland County and Intake Fishing Access Site: Dawson County.
Stage I restrictions went into effect Friday, July 27, 2007.
Stage I fire restrictions prohibit building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire unless otherwise posted or listed in the exemptions and smoking is allowed only in an enclosed vehicle or building or in an area cleared of flammable materials. Fires fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG, or other activities for which there is a permit or written authorization are exempt from these restrictions.
An exemption does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by the exempted activity.
All counties in southeastern Montana are currently experiencing increased fire activity. Please take extra caution when working and recreating outdoors, help us prevent human caused wildland fire starts. Anyone who causes a wildland fire intentionally or through negligence may be held accountable for damage and suppression costs. Additional restrictions may also exist in certain areas. Before burning such things as slash piles, ditches, or fields, please contact your local fire department or sheriff’s office for information and to obtain any necessary permits.
For additional information regarding fire prevention, please contact the Custer National Forest, Ashland Ranger District at 406-784-2344 or the Sioux Ranger District at 605-797-4432; Bureau of Land Management at 406-233-2900; Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation at 406-232-2034; Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Region 7 at 406-234-0900; Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge at 406-538-8706; or your local fire department or sheriff’s office.