Fire Restrictions Updated for NW Montana

Release Date: Jul 15, 2021

July 26, 2021 12:01am: This order has been superseded for all areas outside the Bob Marshall and Great Bear Wildernesses by STAGE 2 FIRE RESTRICTION ORDER F10-012-S-21. Stage 1 remains in place for within the boundaries of those wilderness areas.

Northern Rockies Coordination Group
Northwest Montana Area

[Read the full Flathead National Forest Stage 1 Fire Restriction order (pdf)]

Kalispell, MT, July 15, 2021 — Interagency fire managers agreed to implement Stage I Fire Restrictions that will go into effect at 12:01am Saturday, July 17th, 2021 across the Flathead National Forest, Glacier National Park,  Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Kalispell, Stillwater, and Swan Units, and Flathead County. 

Interagency fire managers are implementing Stage II Fire Restrictions that will go into effect at 12:01am Saturday, July 17th, 2021 across the Kootenai National Forest, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Libby Unit, Sanders and Lake County lands.

Interagency fire managers are implementing Stage II Fire Restrictions that will go into effect at 12:00am Friday, July 16th, 2021 across Lincoln County lands.

The intent of Fire Restrictions is to reduce fire risk and prevent wildfires during periods of high to extreme danger by decreasing potential sources of ignition. Each year, 70 to 80% of wildfires are human-caused and this summer the trend has continued. Northwest Montana is currently experiencing drought conditions including extremely dry forest fuels; forecasts of temperatures above normal accompanied by low humidity, wind, and minimal precipitation; and competition for firefighting resources, as fires continue to burn across Montana and the West.

Please refer to the appropriate Fire Restrictions Order for the land you are visiting for a complete list of what is and isn’t allowed.    

Federal, State, and Private jurisdictions under Stage I restrictions are:

  • Flathead National Forest including the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, in Flathead, Lake, Missoula, Lewis and Clark, and Powell Counties, Montana.
  • Glacier National Park. Front Country Campgrounds are exempted from the Stage I campfire restrictions.
  • Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Kalispell, Stillwater, and Swan Units. State Land & Private Classified Forested Land within Flathead County.
  • Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Region 1 within Flathead County.
  • Flathead County

Stage I Fire Restrictions Prohibit:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire unless noted within the exempted areas below.

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. Persons using a stove fire with spark arrestor within the boundaries of the Bob Marshall Wilderness and Great Bear Wilderness.

Campfires are permitted in exempted developed recreation areas on the Flathead National Forest within metal or concrete fire rings.  Fires within rock fire rings are not authorized and are not exempted from this Order.  A list of exempted sites is at the end of this release.2) 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.

Federal, State, and Private jurisdictions under Stage II restrictions are:

  • Kootenai National Forest lands in Flathead, Lincoln, and Sanders Counties in Montana and Kootenai National Forest lands in Bonner and Boundary Counties in Idaho.
  • Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Libby Unit. State Land and Private Classified Forested Land within Sanders and Lincoln County.
  • Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Region 1 within Sanders and Lincoln County.
  • Lincoln County
  • Sanders County
  • Lake County 
  • Flathead Ridge Ranch is not allowing any fires on their lands.
  • Green Diamond Resource Company lands in Lincoln, Sanders, and Flathead Counties.
  • Stimson Private Timber Company is not allowing fires on their lands.
  • F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Company is not allowing any fires on their lands.
  • Southern Pine Plantation of Montana Industrial Timberlands in Lincoln, Sanders, and Flathead Counties.

Stage II Fire Restrictions Prohibit:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire.
  2. 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.
  3. Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails

The following acts are prohibited from the hours of 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Outside of these hours a one-hour foot patrol in the work area is required following cessation of all activities as identified below.  Lincoln County Lands require a two-hour foot patrol:

  1. Operating an Internal Combustion Engine.
  2. Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  3. Using an explosive.

Thank you for your cooperation. With vigilance of the public, we can continue to prevent human-caused wildfires!

Flathead National Forest Developed and Improved Recreation Sites

In accordance with Stage I Fire Restrictions evoked under this Special Forest Order, within the developed sites and improved sites listed below, all persons shall be authorized to build and use a campfire within the confines of a metal or concrete fire ring or grill provided by the Forest Service or by the resort for that purpose.  Fires within rock fire rings are not authorized.  This exemption may be rescinded at any time due to severe weather conditions or major fire activity.  

Swan Lake Ranger District

  • Blair Flats Dispersed Site
  • Holland Lake Lodge, Campground & Day Use
  • Lindbergh Lake Campground & Day Use
  • Mission Lookout Rental Cabin
  • Owl Creek Packer Camp & Rental Cabin
  • Swan Lake Campground & Day Use
  • Pine Ridge Dispersed Site
  • Old Condon Ranger Station Rental Cabin
  • Swan River Dispersed site
  • Swan Guard Station Rental Cabin
  • Van Lake Dispersed site

Tally Lake Ranger District

  • Tally Lake Campground
  • Sylvia Lake Campground
  • Ashley Lake North Campground
  • Ashley Lake South Campground
  • Ashley Lake Boat Launch
  • Star Meadow Cabin
  • Upper Stillwater Lake Campground

Spotted Bear Ranger District

  • Beaver Creek Campground
  • Bunker Park Camping Area
  • Meadow Creek Host Site
  • Peters Creek Campground
  • South Creek Trailhead
  • Spotted Bear Campground & Landing Strip
  • Diamond R Guest Ranch
  • Schafer Meadows
  • Spotted Bear Guest Ranch
  • Wilderness Lodge

Hungry Horse/Glacier View Ranger District

  • Big Creek Campground & Day Use
  • Devil Creek Campground
  • Devil's Corkscrew Campground
  • Doris Boat Launch & Campground
  • Elk Island Campground
  • Emery Bay Campground
  • Fire Island Campground
  • Ford Rental Cabin
  • Graves Creek Campground (Creek Side Only) Great Northern Flats
  • Lakeview Campground
  • Lid Creek Campground
  • Lost Johnny Camp
  • Lost Johnny Point Campground
  • Moose Lake Campground
  • Murray Bay Campground
  • North and South Lion Lake Picnic Areas
  • Red Meadow Campground
  • Riverside Boat Ramp & Campground
  • Ben Rover Rental Cabin
  • Schnaus Rental Cabin
  • Tuchuck Campground
  • Wurtz Rental Cabin
  • Zip's Place Rental Cabin

 





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