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Dillon Field Office
Release Date: 07/20/12
Contacts: David Abrams    
  (406) 490-0367    

BLM Re-Opens Alll Madison River Recreation Sites

DILLON (July 19, 2012) – The Bureau of Land Management is re-opening the last of its recreation sites along the Madison River which had been previously closed in the interest of public safety during the Bear Trap 2 Fire.

As of 8 a.m. on July 20, the BLM will re-open public access to the Bear Trap Wilderness Trailhead and dispersed sites along Bear Trap Road.  This fire prevention order rescinds the previous emergency fire closure on June 25 of BLM lands administered by the Dillon Field Office and means that all BLM lands within the Lower Madison Special Recreation Management Area are now open.

The public should continue to use caution when entering this area and watch for hazards like falling trees, rolling rocks, and mudslides.

The BLM would also like to remind 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” and never leave a campfire unattended.  Also, ensure that your vehicle has a properly installed spark arrester that is operational, and stop and park only in areas clear of vegetation.  Please 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 mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Dillon Field Office   1005 Selway Drive      Dillon, Montana 59725  

Last updated: 07-20-2012