Date: September 8, 2008
Contact: Ann Boucher, 406-896-5011
Babete Anderson, 406-657-6205, ext. 239
Fire Restrictions Dropped in Yellowstone
and Surrounding Counties
Fire restrictions on private, state and federal lands in south-central Montana will be lifted early Thursday morning, Sept. 11.
But, fire officials warn, that doesn’t necessarily mean that fire season is completely over.
“Some areas got some good rain,” commented Babete Anderson, coordinator for the interagency Billings Area Restrictions Group. “But other areas are as dry as ever, and still very susceptible to fire.”
Cooler daytime temperatures and shorter days also help, but anyone who works or recreates outdoors should continue to use caution. Make sure that your campfire is dead out before you leave; stop and park only in areas cleared of vegetation; and always carry a shovel, bucket and fire extinguisher.
Any open burning other than a campfire still requires a burn permit. Contact your local fire department or sheriff’s office for more information.
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.
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; 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.