With the nights getting colder and hunting season in effect, most people think of a warm campfire. However, Stage I fire restrictions are still in effect in Fergus County, Petroleum County, Rocky Boy Reservation and all counties within the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. Under Stage I restrictions, the following are prohibited:
- Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire, except within in approved recreation sites as designated on the orders. Liquid petroleum and LPG stoves that can be turned on and off are allowed.
- Smoking is prohibited outside of vehicles, buildings and developed recreation sites, unless you are in a 3-foot diameter are cleared of all burnable vegetation.
Several counties have implemented burn bans. Check with your local sheriff department before burning. Think before you burn.
The Lewistown Area Restrictions Group reminds the American public that even the smallest spark has the potential to cause significant damage, so please do your part to prevent wildfires. Crush cigarettes dead out and never leave a campfire unattended. Take precautions while recreating on public lands by always carrying a shovel, bucket and fire extinguisher. Make sure campfires are dead out before leaving campsites.
For fire restrictions information, visit www.firerestrictions.us/mt or call your local land management agency.