Fireworks Prohibited on BLM Lands in Montana and the Dakotas

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Brittany Jones

BILLINGS, Mont. — Fireworks are strictly prohibited on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. These areas consist of multiple national monuments, recreation areas, campgrounds and more across Montana and the Dakotas.  

“Most human-caused wildfires are preventable,” said Craig Howells, BLM Montana/Dakotas Assistant Fire Management Officer. “Every year, wildfires endanger lives and cause massive amounts of damage to property and resources. Be safe and do your part to prevent human-caused wildfires.” 

According to the National Safety Council, fireworks start an average of 19,000 fires each year. In 2018 alone, fires started by fireworks caused $105 million in direct property damage.  

The BLM expects an increase of visitors during the upcoming holiday weekend. Visitors are encouraged to take all proper safety precautions, leave no trace, and recreate responsibly while enjoying public lands. 

For more information about fire prevention visit the National Interagency Fire Center at For more information about visiting your public lands go to