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18-Bitt-17 Stage II Fire Restrictions (Rescinded 8/27/2018)

BITTERROOT NATIONAL FOREST

1801 N. First Street

Hamilton, MT 59840

Forest Supervisor's Order No. 18-Bitt-17

 

Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and Title 36 Code of Federal Regulation 261.50 (a) and (b), the following acts are prohibited within all National Forest System lands administered by the Bitterroot National Forest in the state of Montana, excluding the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness. The “restricted area” is as described in this order, and depicted on the attached map hereby incorporated into this order as Attachment A.

The following are prohibited until further notice:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire (36 CFR 261.52 (a)).

EXCEPTION: Persons using a fire 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 three feet of the device.

  1. 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 (36 CFR 261.52 (d)).
  2. Possessing or operating motorized vehicles off National Forest System roads (36 CFR 261.56)).
  3. The following acts are prohibited from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.:
  1. Operating any internal combustion engine. (36 CFR 261.52 (h)).

EXCEPTIONS: Operating generators with an approved spark arresting device within an enclosed vehicle or building or in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the generator.

  1. Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame (36 CFR 261.52 (i)).
  2. Using an explosive. (36 CFR 261.52 (b)).

Note: A one-hour foot patrol in the work area is required following cessation of all activities as identified in #4 above.

Exemptions:

Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50(e), the following are exempt from these restrictions:

  1. Persons with a permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.
  2. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty; and
  3. Any other person meeting exemption requirements specified in the order.

Restricted Area:

The Bitterroot National Forest in the state of Montana, excluding the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness.

Purpose:

This order is necessary to protect public and safety and to protect National Forest System lands, resources and facilities due to a high fire danger.

Implementation:

  1. This Order is in addition to those enumerated in Subpart A, Part 261, Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations and become effective at 12:01 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time on August 10th, 2018 and will remain in effect until November 1st, 2018 or until rescinded whichever occurs first.
  2. Violation of these restrictions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or both (16 USC 551 and 18 USC 3559 and 3571).
  3. An individual or organization can be held liable for all suppression costs and damages if they start a fire.
  4. This Order supersedes any previous orders prohibiting the same acts covered by this order.

 

Signed this 8th day of August, 2018 at Hamilton, MT.

Julie K. King

   JULIE K KING
   Forest Supervisor
   Bitterroot National Forest

 

Notification

A copy of this order shall be posted as prescribed in (36 CFR 261.51).

 



Avalanche survey image

Bitterroot NF employee assessing avalanche conditions

 



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