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Fire Restrictions To Go Into Place Saturday 8/5

Thursday Aug. 3rd, 2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ properties in many southwest Montana counties are set to enter Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Saturday. This includes Fishing Access Sites, State Parks, and Wildlife Management areas.The restrictions apply specifically to properties in Beaverhead, Butte-Silver Bow, Deer Lodge, Madison, Broadwater, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and Meagher counties.
FWP follows the counties in entering fire restrictions. 

In those areas mentioned above, the following acts are prohibited until further notice:
Building maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire. (Note exemptions below)
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.

Exemptions:
Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.Persons using a device fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off.

Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.

Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

All land within a city boundary is exempted.At Bannack, Lewis and Clark Caverns, and Spring Meadow State Parks, fires are allowed within established fire rings or grills, but prohibited elsewhere within the parks.

Individuals may be fined up to $5,000 or imprisoned up to 6 months for violating the noted fire restrictions. 

For updates on restrictions and closures around the state, go to: http://fwp.mt.gov/news/restrictions/droughtDetails.html