Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Begin Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Contact(s): Leona Rodreick

Stage 1 fire restrictions will begin for all of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest on August 15, 2018.

Stage 1 fire restrictions apply to campfires and smoking.  Under Stage 1 restrictions, the following acts are prohibited:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire unless noted in the exemptions below or as designated in the specific closure order.
  • 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.
  • Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.

Exemptions to the above Stage 1 prohibitions include the following:

  • Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
  • Persons using a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the device.
  • Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
  • Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

Under these restrictions, campfires are allowed only in recreation sites within metal/concrete fire pits.  The restrictions will remain in effect until there is a significant change in fire danger.

Firewood cutting restrictions are not in place at this time. Firewood cutters are reminded to comply with the fire precaution terms and conditions of their permit.

Fire danger across southwestern Montana is VERY HIGH.  Forested lands at all elevations are dry.  Fire management officials are hopeful that by initiating Stage 1 fire restrictions, there will be fewer person-caused wildland fires. 

For additional information on fire restrictions, visit the fire restrictions website at, or contact Forest Service offices located in Dillon, Butte, Philipsburg, Ennis, Wisdom, Wise River or Sheridan.                                                                      

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