U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Dillon Field Office
|Release Date: 06/29/12|
BLM Issues Fire Prevention Order For Beaverhead, Madison Counties
DILLON (June 28, 2012) – As of noon on June 29, Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect on all Bureau of Land Management lands in Beaverhead and Madison counties.
Under Stage 1, campfires are prohibited except within a developed recreation site, 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.
In Beaverhead and Madison counties, those developed BLM recreation sites are Deadwood Gulch, East Fork Blacktail Deer Creek, Kobayashi Beach, Ruby Creek Campground, Palisades Campground, Red Mountain Campground, Trapper Springs Campground and Day Use Area, Divide Bridge Campground, and Dickie Bridge Campground. These are the only BLM sites where campfires are allowed and they must be built and carefully monitored in designated fire rings.
Exemptions for Stage 1 fire restrictions include fires fueled solely by liquid, or other activities for which there is a permit or written authorization. Camp stoves fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off are exempted from the restriction as long as they are used in an area that is clear of overhead and surrounding flammable materials. Please note that 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 could be held accountable for damage and suppression costs.
With the Fourth of July fast approaching, the BLM reminds the public that fireworks are prohibited on state and federal lands.
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, and stop and park only in areas clear of vegetation. Also remember that cross-country travel is not allowed on most federal and state lands.
Always be prepared: carry a shovel, bucket and fire extinguisher. Anyone operating haying and harvesting equipment should be especially vigilant.
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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 multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
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|Last updated: 06-29-2012|
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