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Jun 30, 2012 6:59 PM by DNRC

Stage 1 fire restrictions for Lewis & Clark, Broadwater, and Jefferson counties

The Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation has implemented Stage One fire restrictions on all state-owned and private forested lands in Lewis & Clark, Broadwater, and Jefferson counties, effective at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 30.

DNRC officials say that the restrictions prohibit building, attending, or maintaining an open fire or campfire, including fires in fire rings at developed campsites.

Also prohibited is the use of fireworks and smoking outside of a vehicle unless parked in an area free of all flammable materials.

It remains up to each county to adopt similar restrictions governing the use of fireworks or fire-related activities on non-forested private lands.

Officials in Lewis & Clark, Broadwater and Jefferson counties are working toward similar restrictions but effective dates may vary.

DNRC officials also remind the public that standard forest fire regulations on state-owned and private classified forested lands have always restricted the use of fireworks during the established forest fire season, which is now in effect.

Here is the full text of the Stage 1 Fire Restriction message:

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions: The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire or an explosive device unless noted in the exemptions set out below.

Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, within 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.

Stage 1 Fire Exemptions:

Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.

Persons using a fire solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG that can be turned on and off. Such devices shall only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.

Persons conducting activities in those designated area where the activity is specifically authorized by a written and 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.

Other exemptions unique to each agency/tribe.

Violations:

1.Violators can be fined up to $500 and jailed up to six months for violating these restrictions and closures, pursuant to Mont. Code. Ann. § 7-33-2206.

2.Violators can be held liable for all suppression costs and damages, pursuant to Mont. Code. Ann. § 7-33-2205.

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