Camp Crook, SD… The Sioux Ranger District will downgrade from Stage II to Stage I Fire Restrictions on Thursday, October 11, 2012. The Ranger District has been in Stage II Restrictions for many months given the dry conditions and very high fire danger.
Stage I Fire Restrictions require that Forest visitors build, maintain, attend or use a fire or campfire in a stove. Campfires and charcoal fires are allowed only at developed or designated recreation sites or campgrounds in an agency provided metal fire ring. 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 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.
Remember that if visiting National Forest System lands to bring a bucket, water, shovel and to always leave your campfire dead out, which means no heat to the touch. Additional specific information can be found by visiting www.firerestrictions.us, www.fs.usda.gov/custer or by calling the Sioux District Office at (605) 797-4432.