Date: September 25, 2007
Contact: Karly Krausz 406-538-1977
Lewistown Area Fire Restrictions Rescinded
Because of additional rainfall and cooler temperatures, all private, state and federal lands within Hill, Blaine, Phillips, Valley, Daniels, Sheridan, Roosevelt, Wheatland and Golden Valley counties will rescind their Stage I restrictions effective immediately. However, burn permits are still required for any debris burning and may have additional limits. Check with your local sheriff’s office or fire department for information on burn permits.
The Lewistown Area Restrictions Group would like to remind the public when working and recreating outdoors to please continue to use extreme caution in order to decrease the chance of human-caused fires and avoid resource and property damage. Anyone who causes a wildland fire intentionally or through negligence may be held accountable for damage and suppression costs. Normal field activities such as off-road vehicle travel, smoking, the use of fires for warming and cooking, and even the firing of weapons can readily start fires under the right conditions. Hunters, recreationalists and others are urged to take extra precautions to avoid starting a wildfire.
The Lewistown Area Restrictions Group coordinates fire restrictions on federal, state and private land in the Lewistown Restrictions Area, covering north-central and extreme northeastern Montana. The group includes representatives from the Forest Service; Bureau of Land Management; Bureau of Indian Affairs; U.S Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation; Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and the counties of Hill, Blaine, Phillips, Valley, Daniels, Sheridan, Roosevelt, Chouteau, Judith Basin, Fergus, Petroleum, Wheatland and Golden Valley.
For more information, please contact the Bureau of Land Management at 406-538-1900; C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge at 538-8706; Lewis and Clark National Forest at 406-791-7754; Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation at 406-538-7789; your local office of Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks or your local fire department or sheriff’s office.