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Montana State Office
Release Date: 07/20/09
Contacts: Ann Boucher 406-896-5011    

Do Your Part to Prevent Wildland Fires

Much of south central Montana is primed to burn. It would take nothing more than a lightning strike, an unattended campfire, or a hot engine in tall grass to ignite a costly and damaging blaze.

No one can control the lightning, but everyone who works and recreates outdoors should be aware of the potential for fire and take the necessary precautions. Anyone who causes a wildland fire intentionally or through negligence may be held accountable for damage and suppression costs.

General guidelines include ensuring that your campfire is dead out before you leave it; smoking only in an enclosed vehicle or building, and crushing it out completely; and driving and parking only in areas clear of vegetation. Always stay on roads and trails; cross-country driving is generally not allowed on state and federal lands. 

In general, burn permits are required for any open burning other than campfires, but there may be additional fire restrictions in your area. 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. 

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; Carbon County at 406-446-1595; Stillwater County at 406-321-0204; 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.

Montana State Office   5001 Southgate Drive      Billings, MT 59101  

Last updated: 06-28-2012