Dillon, Mont., Aug. 23, 2012 – With archery and other hunting seasons starting September 1, Forest Service officials are reminding hunters and visitors in Southwest Montana that fire season is still underway and that Stage I fire restrictions on smoking and open fires are still in effect for federal and state lands.
Restrictions are in effect on lands administered by the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management as well as other federal, state, and private-forested lands in Beaverhead, Madison, Jefferson, Silver Bow, Deer Lodge, Granite, and Powell counties.
Most of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is included in the restrictions with exceptions of the Pintler Ranger District; and both the Anaconda Pintler Wilderness and Lee Metcalf Wilderness areas.
Under these restrictions campfires may be built only in metal fire rings in designated sites. Campfires in rock rings and the use of wood stoves in canvas tents outside of campgrounds and other developed sites are prohibited. A complete list of Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest developed sites is at http://fs.usda.gov/recmain/bdnf/recreation.
Smoking is permitted only inside vehicles or buildings, within an area three feet in diameter that is cleared of burnable vegetation, or inside developed recreation sites.
These “Stage I” restrictions do not apply to stoves using liquid petroleum or LPG fuels. They also do not apply within city limits or to activities that land-managing agencies have specifically given permits for.
For more information, call the federal or state land agency office near you or go online to http://firerestrictions.us.