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Montana/Dakotas State Office
Release Date: 06/26/14
Contacts: Kristen Lenhardt    

Remember Fire Safety and Restrictions this 4th of July

BILLINGS, Mont. – As the 4th of July approaches, the Bureau of Land Management would like to remind everyone that fireworks are prohibited on BLM managed lands.  This year, in an effort to further reduce the threat of unwanted human-caused fires, the BLM now also prohibits exploding targets and luminaries with open flame.
The BLM encourages everyone to celebrate Independence Day in a safe way and to take extra precautions when recreating outdoors to help prevent wildland fire starts.  These fire prevention efforts include restricting the use of exploding devices, open-flame materials, and other actions shown to have a high probability of starting a wildfire.  For a full list of prohibited acts that may cause a wildfire, please visit:, or call the BLM Billings Interagency Dispatch Center at (406) 896-2900.

Those who endanger BLM-managed land by violating the BLM Montana/Dakotas Special Wildfire Prevention Orders risk a $1,000 fine, a possible prison term of up to one year, or both. In addition, individuals responsible for starting wildland fires on federal lands can be billed for the cost of fire suppression.

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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.

Montana/Dakotas State Office   5001 Southgate Drive      Billings, Montana 59101  

Last updated: 06-26-2014