Stage II fire restrictions implemented in Musselshell, Treasure counties

Drying grasses and very little moisture in Musselshell and Treasure counties are causing the fire danger to increase rapidly. These imminent dangers have caused authorities to increase fire restrictions for these areas.

Stage II fire restrictions went into effect in both Musselshell and Treasure Counties on July 20. In cooperation with the county, all Bureau of Land Management and Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation lands within the county have also been placed in Stage II restrictions. Yellowstone County moved to Stage II restrictions on July 14.

Under Stage II restrictions, the following acts are prohibited:

• building maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire, and

• smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

The following acts are prohibited from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.:

• operating any internal combustion engine,

• welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame, and

• using an explosive (A one-hour foot patrol in the work area is required following cessation of this and the prior two activities).

• operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails is also prohibited from 1p.m. to 1 a.m.

Fireworks are prohibited on state and federal lands all year. Exploding targets available for sale to recreational shooters are also considered a pyrotechnic product and are prohibited year round.

Any individual who causes a wildland fire intentionally or through negligence will be held accountable for damage and suppression costs.

For additional information on fire restrictions, visit the fire restrictions website at www.firerestrictions.us.

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