Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Drought & Fire - Region 7
Stage 1 fire restrictions and open burn bans were lifted Wednesday, September 20th effective at 1200 (noon) for the entire Miles City Restrictions Area. The area includes Rosebud, Custer, Powder River, Carter, Fallon, Prairie, Wibaux, Dawson, Richland, Garfield and McCone Counties. This rescission applies to all private, state (State Land and Fish, Wildlife and Parks), tribal and federal lands in these counties.
This action is being taken because recent rain and higher humidity have helped fire-fighting efforts and moderated fire conditions across eastern Montana. This means that campers, hunters and other recreational users may now have campfires in undeveloped areas. Warmer and drier conditions may return this fall, along with increased fire danger. People are reminded that caution should be used with any and all fire. If you use a campfire while in the field, be sure to follow safe campfire rules; bare the ground around the fire site, avoid using more fuel than necessary to keep your fire manageable, pay attention to where the smoke and sparks are drifting from your fire and extinguish your fire properly, ensuring it is dead out before leaving it (cool to the touch). Also remember to carry a shovel and bucket in your vehicle to help extinguish a fire. Even without fire restrictions in place, anyone who causes a wildland fire intentionally or through negligence may be held accountable for damage and suppression costs.
The Miles City Area Restrictions Group coordinates fire restrictions on federal, state, tribal and private land in the Miles City Restrictions Area, covering southeast Montana.
For more information, visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/fire/nrcg/ or contact the local Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, or your local fire department.
All FWP managed land in Region 7 is no longer under any restriction. Hunters and recreationists should know though that Treasure County in FWP Region 7 is still under State 1 fire restrictions.