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Miles City Field Office
Release Date: 06/27/12
Contacts: Mark Jacobsen    
  (406) 233-2831    

Fire Restrictions Take Effect Thursday

MILES CITY, Mont. --- Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect on all federal, state, and private land in Powder River and Custer counties at noon and in Carter County and the Sioux National Forest at midnight, Thursday, June 27.

The Ashland District of the Custer National Forest will go to State 2 restrictions Thursday at midnight, with all human entry onto the forest restricted.

Under Stage 1 restrictions, 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.

Stage 2 restrictions include everything under Stage 1 but prohibit campfires everywhere (stoves are still allowed), operating any internal combustion engine, welding, operating a torch with open flame and using an explosive are prohibited from 1: p.m. to 1:00 a.m. A two-hour patrol following cessation of work is required.

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. 

Take precautions and always be prepared: carry a shovel, bucket and fire extinguisher. Those operating haying and harvesting equipment should be especially vigilant. Also remember that cross country travel is not allowed on most federal and state lands. 

With the Fourth of July approaching, contact your local fire department to determine local restrictions as those may vary. Remember, fireworks are prohibited on state and federal lands. Exploding targets and tracers available for sale to recreational shooters are also considered a pyrotechnic product and are included under these restrictions. Anyone who causes a wildland fire intentionally or through negligence will be held accountable for damage and suppression costs.

To report wildfires, call 911, your local county office, fire department or the Miles City Interagency Dispatch Center at (406)233-2900. For current information on fire restrictions and closures, go to

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.

Miles City Field Office   111 Garryowen Road      Miles City, Montana 59301  

Last updated: 06-28-2012