Visiting a Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks site on the July Fourth weekend is a great idea—just leave the fireworks at home.
FWP Director Joe Maurier urged Montanans to be extremely cautious with fire of any kind this holiday weekend.
"Montana's 2012 fire season is off to a fast start. When recreating please be sure to check local conditions and be aware of any fire restrictions put in place," Maurier said.
Maurier said fireworks are illegal on FWP sites including fishing access sites, wildlife management areas and other sites April through September.
At Montana State Parks fireworks are not allowed at any time of the year. Please also obey all local rules posted on-site.
Anyone using fireworks on FWP lands may be charged with a misdemeanor that can result in a fine.
Under Montana's administrative rules campfires, where campfires are allowed, must be confined to designated fireplaces or fire rings maintained for such purposes.
For updates on fire and drought conditions, go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov and click Fire & Drought Updates.