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Release Date: 08/07/14
Contacts: Melodie Lloyd, 406-896-5260    
  Brad Purdy, 406-896-5258    

BLM Billings Temporarily Discontinues Sale of Firewood Permits

BILLINGS, Mont. – The Bureau of Land Management’s Billings Field Office today announced that effective immediately firewood permits would not be sold until area fire conditions moderate in south-central Montana.  Those currently holding permits should check local fire restrictions and use extreme caution, if they choose to gather firewood.
Because of the area’s dry, tall grasses and low moisture content, the BLM is asking the public to wait until September to purchase new firewood permits and to then call first before coming in to the Billings Field Office.
“We typically begin to get some significant precipitation by September, and the days are getting shorter and the temperatures cooler,” said Field Manager Jim Sparks.  “It’s up to Mother Nature to cooperate with some good moisture.”
The public is reminded that with dry conditions, as we’re currently experiencing in parts of south-central Montana, come some standard precautionary tips:

  • Driving or parking a vehicle in dry grass can start a fire.
  • Hot exhaust from vehicles can ignite dry vegetation.

To minimize the risk of a fire:

  • Check the grill and radiator area of vehicles for dry grass or seed heads that may become lodged and start a fire.
  • Do not park where vegetation is touching the underside of your vehicle.
  • When parking your vehicle, do a walk around and ensure the area is safe before you leave.
  • When pulling a trailer always check the safety chains, and ensure that the breaks and wheel bearings are in proper working order.

For more information, contact Jim Sparks at (406) 896-5013.  For the latest BLM news and updates visit us on the web at, on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter@BLM_MTDKs and @BLM_MTDK_Fire.

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.

Last updated: 08-07-2014