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South Dakota Field Office
Release Date: 10/11/12
Contacts: Mark Jacobsen    
  (406) 233-2831    

BLM Downgrades to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. --- Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect on South Dakota BLM-administered lands effective at 12:01 a.m. MDT Thursday, Oct. 11 in Butte, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Haakon, Custer and Fall River counties.

Stage 1 fire restrictions are less restrictive than Stage 2 restrictions. Under Stage 1, fires are prohibited except within developed recreation sites and smoking is allowed only in areas cleared of flammable materials. Exemptions include fires fueled solely by liquid petroleum or gas or other activities for which there is a permit or written authorization.

An exemption does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by the exempted activity. Even in areas not under Stage 1 restrictions, a permit is required for any open burning other than campfires.
Be mindful that additional county or U.S. Forest Service restrictions may be in effect in other areas.

Please take extra caution when working and recreating outdoors to prevent wildland fire starts.  Anyone who causes a wildland fire intentionally or through negligence will be held accountable for damage and suppression costs.


  • The smallest spark has the potential to cause significant damage, so always crush smokes dead out.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended.
  • Ensure that your vehicle has a properly installed spark arrester that is operational.
  • Stop and park only in areas clear of vegetation and observe all fire restrictions.
  • Take precautions and always be prepared. Carry a shovel, bucket and fire extinguisher.
  • Cross country travel is not allowed on BLM-administered lands; stay on established roads or trails.

For more fire information contact the BLM South Dakota Field Office at 605.892.7000 or your local fire department or sheriff’s office.

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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.

South Dakota Field Office   310 Roundup Street      Belle Fourche, South Dakota 57717  

Last updated: 10-11-2012