“Both the Custer and Gallatin National Forests remain in extremely high fire conditions. The Gallatin National Forest is under Stage I fire restrictions requiring that the use of campfires or charcoal fires be allowed only at developed or designated recreation sites or campgrounds in an agency provided metal fire ring,” said Mariah Leuschen, Public Affairs Specialist. Fires fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels may be used anywhere on National Forest System lands during Stage I Fire Restrictions. Additionally, under Stage I Fire Restrictions smoking is allowed only within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable materials. Fire restrictions are not in effect for the Lee Metcalf and Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness only.
The Custer National Forest is under Stage II fire restrictions prohibiting campfires. In addition, operating any internal combustion engine, welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame, and using an explosive is prohibited from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. To learn more about the specifics to fire restrictions contact your local ranger district office or log-on to: www.firerestrictions.us.