Date: September 12, 2007
Contact: Dena Lang 406- 233-2907
Dwayne Andrews 406-234-0919
Fire Restrictions Lifted in Most of Southeastern Montana
Cooler fall weather has prompted land managers to lift fire restrictions for most of the Miles City Restrictions Area in southeastern Montana.
Effective 1:00 a.m. on Friday, September 14, fire restrictions will be rescinded on all private, state and federal lands in Carter, Custer, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, McCone, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Rosebud, and Wibaux counties. The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Northern Cheyenne Agency will remain at Stage I fire restrictions.
Despite the cooler weather and scattered rain showers, fire danger persists. Please be cautious when working and recreating outdoors: make sure chainsaws and vehicles have spark arresters in place; stop and park only in areas cleared of vegetation; ensure that your campfire is dead out before you leave; and always carry a shovel, bucket and fire extinguisher. Also remember that cross-country travel is not allowed on most federal and state lands. Anyone who causes a wildland fire intentionally or through negligence will be held accountable for damage and suppression costs.
A burn permit may be required for open burning other than campfires in designated areas. 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 more information and to obtain any necessary permits.
For additional information, please contact Dena Lang, BLM Fire Mitigation and Education Specialist, at (406) 233-2907 or Dwayne Andrews at (406) 234-0919.