Stage I or Stage II fire restrictions were in effect across the Custer National Forest for most of the summer due to dry conditions starting in June, restrictions went into effect in early July. Powder River County will be rescinding all Stage I fire restrictions as well.
The Ashland Ranger District and much of eastern Montana was hit hard by the 2012 fire season. Remember that if visiting National Forest System lands or if recreating along recently burned cooridors to expect vast burned areas, stump holes and in windy conditions expect blowing ash and fire weakened trees that could come down silently or with little warning. Know and understand the conditions in your local area. When any campfire is built, remember to bring a bucket, water and shovel. Campfires should never be left unattended and all campfires should be dead out, which means no heat to the touch, prior to leaving any area, even if just for a short time period.
Additional specific fire restriction information from across the nation can be found by visiting www.firerestrictions.us. General information for the Custer National Forest can be found at: www.fs.usda.gov/custer or by calling your local ranger district office.