Date: September 13, 2007
Contact: Karly Krausz 406-538-1977
Some Fire Restrictions Lifted in Northcentral Montana
Fire restrictions in portions of northcentral Montana will be lifted in response to cooler temperatures and recent moisture.
Effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, September 14, fire restrictions will be rescinded in Fergus, Petroleum and Judith Basin Counties and all lands in the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge and the Judith and Musselshell Ranger Districts of the Lewis and Clark National Forest. This rescission includes all private, state and federal land within these three counties. However, burn permits are still required for any debris or agricultural burning and those permits may contain additional limits. Check with your local sheriff’s office or fire department for information about burn permits.
Stage I fire restrictions will remain in place in Chouteau, Hill, Blaine, Valley, Daniels, Sheridan, Roosevelt, Golden Valley and Wheatland Counties. Stage I restrictions prohibit campfires except in approved recreation sites (liquid petroleum and LPG stoves that can be turned on and off are allowed). Smoking is also prohibited outside of vehicles, buildings and developed recreation sites unless you are in a 3-foot diameter area cleared of all burnable vegetation and materials.
The Lewistown Area Restrictions Group would like to remind those working and recreating outdoors to please continue using extreme caution. “We’ve avoided critical fire activity so far this year in central Montana, which is due in part to people being cautious and abiding by fire restrictions when they became necessary. However, we still need to remain diligent,” according to Clive Rooney, manager of the Northeastern Land Office for the State of Montana.
The Lewistown Area Restrictions Group coordinates fire restrictions on federal, state and private land in north-central end extreme north-eastern Montana.