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Date: September 17, 2007
Contact: Ann Boucher, 406-896-5011
Babete Anderson, 406-657-6205 ext. 239 
Stage I Fire Restrictions Continue in Yellowstone
and Surrounding Counties

Stage I fire restrictions are still in effect on private, state and federal lands in Carbon, Musselshell, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Treasure and Yellowstone counties.

Under Stage I, campfires are prohibited, and smoking is allowed only in areas cleared of flammable materials. Exemptions include fires fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG, or other activities for which there is a permit or written authorization.  Exemptions are also allowed for agricultural uses, but one must first have an approved burning permit and contact the local fire department, dispatch center and/or sheriff’s office. 

An exemption does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by the exempted activity. Anyone who causes a wildland fire intentionally or through negligence will be held accountable for damage and suppression costs.

More details and information on regional fire restrictions are available at: http://www.mt.blm.gov/fire/restrictions/index.html

Whatever outdoor activity you pursue, be aware of fire danger. Always crush smokes dead out; never leave a campfire unattended; ensure that your vehicle has a properly installed spark arrester that is operational; stop and park only in areas clear of vegetation; and observe all fire restrictions. Take precautions, but always be prepared: carry a shovel, bucket and fire extinguisher. Also remember that cross country travel is not allowed on most federal and state lands. 

The Billings Area Restrictions Group coordinates fire restrictions on federal, state and private land in Yellowstone County and surrounding counties. It includes representatives from the Forest Service; Bureau of Land Management; Bureau of Indian Affairs; National Park Service; Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation; Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks; and the counties of Big Horn, Carbon, Musselshell, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Treasure, and Yellowstone. Similar groups coordinate restrictions in other regions of Montana.

            For more information about fire prevention, please contact the Custer National Forest at 406-657-6200; Bureau of Land Management at 406-896-5013; Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation at 406-247-4400; Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks at 406-247-2940; Carbon County at 406-446-1595; Musselshell County at 406-323-1402;Stillwater County at 406-321-0204; Sweet Grass County at 406-932-5143; Yellowstone County at 256-2775; or your local fire department or sheriff’s office.


Last updated: 06-28-2012