21-Bitt-04 Stage II Fire Restrictions (Rescinded 8/24/2021)

1801 North 1st Street 
Hamilton, MT 59840 
Forest Supervisors Order  



Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 551, and 36 C.F.R. §261.50 (a), the following acts are prohibited on all National Forest System lands administered by the Bitterroot National Forest in Ravalli and Missoula Counties in Montana.  The Idaho portion of the Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church Wilderness Complex that are administered by the Bitterroot National Forest are not included in or affected by this order.  


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

  1. 36 CFR § 261.52(d) 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 closed of all flammable materials.  

  1. 36 CFR § 261.52(h) Operating an Internal Combustion Engine. 

  1. 36 CFR § 261.52(i) Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame. 


The purpose of this order is to reduce the probability of human-caused ignitions of wildfire during times of dry fuel conditions.   


All National Forest System lands administered by the Bitterroot National Forest in Ravalli and Missoula Counties in Montana.  See map.


This Order will be in effect on July 17th, 2021 at 00:01 hours (12:01 am) and shall remain in effect until December 1, 2021, or until recinded, which ever comes first. 


Pursuant to 36 C.F.R. §261.50(e), the following are exempt from this Order: 

  • Persons with a Forest Service special use authorization or other authorization specifically exempting them from the effect of this Order.  If such authorization provides for operation of an Internal Combustion Engine or welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame, such acts are prohibited from the hours of 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. each day. Outside of these hours; a one-hour foot patrol in the work area is required following cessation of these activities.   
  • 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 three feet of the device. 
  • 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. 
  • Operating motorized vehicles on designated roads and trails, unless such road or trail is otherwise closed or restricted. 
  • Emergency repair of public utilities and railroads conducted in accordance with the attached conditions set forth in Exhibit A. 
  • Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty. 


Violation of these prohibitions 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 6 months, or both (16 U.S.C. § 551 and 18 U.S.C. §§ 3559, 3571, and 3581). 


Further information regarding this order may be obtained at the Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor’s Office in Hamilton, MT, (406) 363-7100.    

Done at Hamilton, Montana this 16 day of July 2021.  


By:  /s/ Matthew D. Anderson

       MATTHEW D. ANDERSON        
       Forest Supervisor
       Bitterroot National Forest


Avalanche survey image

Bitterroot NF employee assessing avalanche conditions