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Montana State Office
Release Date: 08/03/09
Contacts: Ann Boucher 406-896-5011    

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Musselshell and Treasure Counties

Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect on all federal, state, and private land in Musselshell and Treasure counties at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, August 6. 

Under Stage 1, campfires are prohibited, and smoking is allowed only within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials. Camp stoves fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off are exempted from the restriction.  Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet.

Take extra caution when working and recreating outdoors to prevent wildland fire starts. Anyone who causes a wildland fire intentionally or through negligence will be held accountable for damage and suppression costs.

Some counties may require a permit for agricultural burning. Contact the local fire department or sheriff’s office for more information and to obtain any necessary permits. 

The smallest spark has the potential to cause significant damage, so always crush cigarettes 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. Those operating haying and harvesting equipment should be especially vigilant. Also remember that fireworks and cross country travel are not allowed on most federal and state lands. 

To report a wildland fire, call 911. For current information on fire restrictions and closures, go to To learn more about fire prevention, call 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; Big Horn County at 406-665-9860; Carbon County at 406-446-1234; Stillwater County at 406-321-0204; Sweet Grass County at 406-932-3011;Yellowstone County at 256-2775; or your local fire department or sheriff’s office. 

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

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Last updated: 06-28-2012