Western Montana BLM lands going to Stage II fire restrictions

(BUTTE, Mont.) – Stage II fire restrictions will go into effect for most lands administered by the Bureau of Land of Land Management in the agency’s Western Montana District, starting Thursday, July 22.

The order applies to all BLM lands in the following counties: Beaverhead, Madison, Silver Bow, Deer Lodge, Powell (south of Interstate 90 and Montana Highway 12) and Granite (south of Interstate 90 and east of the Lolo National Forest boundary).

The order prohibits the following:

* Building maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire.

* Smoking, except 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.

* Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails, as defined in approved agency travel plan.

In addition, the following acts are prohibited from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.:

* Operating any internal combustion engine.

* Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.

* Using an explosive.

For more information on fire restrictions in Montana, visit https://www.mtfireinfo.org/


– BLM –

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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. 

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Bureau of Land Management


Butte Field Office


David Abrams