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18 Current Restrictions

MT DNRC: Southern Land Office, Billings Unit within Yellowstone County, Billings at Stage II

from 2016 Aug 12 midnight until rescinded

Due to fuels conditions which are drier than average and have reached the threshold identified to establish fire season and implement stage 2 restrictions. Yellowstone County has set Stage 2 Fire Restrictions as of 8/12/2016. Open burning within the boundaries of Yellowstone County, Montana will be shut down until the resolution is rescinded at the end of fire season. Under code of Federal Regulations, Subpart 9212, Section 9212.1. Prohibited acts: Unless permitted in writing by the authorized officer, it is prohibited on the above described lands to: (h) Perform any act restricted by this fire prevention order which includes:
1. Building maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire.
2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
3. The following acts are prohibited from 1:00 pm to 1:00 am:
a. Operating any internal combustion engine.
b. Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
c. Using an explosive.
A one hour active foot patrol with appropriate fire tools, checking for and reporting fires, is required with and/or around the work site following cessation of all work described above
4. Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails, as defined in approved agency travel plan.

Pursuant to 43 CFR 9212.2 (b) (3), those persons exempted from this order includes the following:
1. Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
2. 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 barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.
3. Operating motorized vehicles on designated roads and trails, as defined in approved agency travel plan.
4. Operating generators with approved spark arrestors 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.
5. Emergency repair of public utilities and railroads as per attached conditions.
6. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
7. Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
8. Other exemptions unique to each agency/tribe.

An exception does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by the exempted activity.
43 CFR 9212.4 Penalties
Any person who violates any of these supplementary rules may be tried before a United States Magistrate and fined in accordance with 18 U.S.C. 3571, imprisoned no more than 12 months under 43 U.S.C. 1733(a) and 43 CFR 8360.0-7, or both. In accordance with 43 CFR 8365.1-7, State or local officials may also impose penalties for violations of State Law.

Yellowstone County: private land, Billings at Stage II

from 2016 Aug 12 midnight until rescinded

Due to fuels conditions which are drier than average and have reached the threshold identified to establish fire season and implement stage 2 restrictions. Yellowstone County has set Stage 2 Fire Restrictions as of 8/12/2016. Open burning within the boundaries of Yellowstone County, Montana will be shut down until the resolution is rescinded at the end of fire season. Under code of Federal Regulations, Subpart 9212, Section 9212.1. Prohibited acts: Unless permitted in writing by the authorized officer, it is prohibited on the above described lands to: (h) Perform any act restricted by this fire prevention order which includes:
1. Building maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire.
2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
3. The following acts are prohibited from 1:00 pm to 1:00 am:
a. Operating any internal combustion engine.
b. Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
c. Using an explosive.
A one hour active foot patrol with appropriate fire tools, checking for and reporting fires, is required with and/or around the work site following cessation of all work described above
4. Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails, as defined in approved agency travel plan.

Pursuant to 43 CFR 9212.2 (b) (3), those persons exempted from this order includes the following:
1. Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
2. 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 barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.
3. Operating motorized vehicles on designated roads and trails, as defined in approved agency travel plan.
4. Operating generators with approved spark arrestors 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.
5. Emergency repair of public utilities and railroads as per attached conditions.
6. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
7. Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
8. Other exemptions unique to each agency/tribe.

An exception does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by the exempted activity.
43 CFR 9212.4 Penalties
Any person who violates any of these supplementary rules may be tried before a United States Magistrate and fined in accordance with 18 U.S.C. 3571, imprisoned no more than 12 months under 43 U.S.C. 1733(a) and 43 CFR 8360.0-7, or both. In accordance with 43 CFR 8365.1-7, State or local officials may also impose penelties for violations of State Law.

US BLM: Billings Field Office within Yellowstone County, Billings at Stage II

from 2016 Aug 12 midnight until rescinded

Due to fuels conditions which are drier than average and have reached the threshold identified to establish fire season and implement stage 2 restrictions. Yellowstone County has set Stage 2 Fire Restrictions as of 8/12/2016. Open burning within the boundaries of Yellowstone County, Montana will be shut down until the resolution is rescinded at the end of fire season. Under code of Federal Regulations, Subpart 9212, Section 9212.1. Prohibited acts: Unless permitted in writing by the authorized officer, it is prohibited on the above described lands to: (h) Perform any act restricted by this fire prevention order which includes:
1. Building maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire.
2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
3. The following acts are prohibited from 1:00 pm to 1:00 am:
a. Operating any internal combustion engine.
b. Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
c. Using an explosive.
A one hour active foot patrol with appropriate fire tools, checking for and reporting fires, is required with and/or around the work site following cessation of all work described above
4. Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails, as defined in approved agency travel plan.

Pursuant to 43 CFR 9212.2 (b) (3), those persons exempted from this order includes the following:
1. Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
2. 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 barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.
3. Operating motorized vehicles on designated roads and trails, as defined in approved agency travel plan.
4. Operating generators with approved spark arrestors 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.
5. Emergency repair of public utilities and railroads as per attached conditions.
6. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
7. Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
8. Other exemptions unique to each agency/tribe.

An exception does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by the exempted activity.
43 CFR 9212.4 Penalties
Any person who violates any of these supplementary rules may be tried before a United States Magistrate and fined in accordance with 18 U.S.C. 3571, imprisoned no more than 12 months under 43 U.S.C. 1733(a) and 43 CFR 8360.0-7, or both. In accordance with 43 CFR 8365.1-7, State or local officials may also impose penelties for violations of State Law.

US BLM: Billings Field Office within Musselshell County, Billings at Stage I

from 2016 Jul 08 midnight until rescinded

Treasure County: private land, Billings at Stage I

from 2016 Jul 08 midnight until rescinded

Stillwater County: private land, Billings at Stage I

from 2016 Jul 08 midnight until rescinded

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 except within a developed recreation site, fire ring or improved site.
• 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.

Big Horn County: private land, Billings at Stage I

from 2016 Jul 08 midnight until rescinded

Crow Reservation, Billings at Stage I

from 2016 Jul 08 midnight until rescinded

Musselshell County: private land, Billings at Stage I

from 2016 Jul 08 midnight until rescinded

US BLM: Billings Field Office within Carbon County, Billings at Stage I

from 2016 Jul 05 midnight until rescinded

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 except within a developed recreation site, fire ring or improved site.
• 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.

MT DNRC: Southern Land Office, Billings Unit within Treasure County, Billings at Stage I

from 2016 Jul 05 midnight until rescinded

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 except within a developed recreation site, fire ring or improved site.
• 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.

US BLM: Billings Field Office within Treasure County, Billings at Stage I

from 2016 Jul 05 midnight until rescinded

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 except within a developed recreation site, fire ring or improved site.
• 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.

MT DNRC: Southern Land Office, Billings Unit within Yellowstone County, Billings at Stage I

from 2016 Jul 05 midnight until rescinded

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 except within a developed recreation site, fire ring or improved site.
• 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.

US BLM: Billings Field Office within Yellowstone County, Billings at Stage I

from 2016 Jul 05 midnight until rescinded

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 except within a developed recreation site, fire ring or improved site.
• 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.

Yellowstone County: private land, Billings at Stage I

from 2016 Jul 05 midnight until rescinded

Due to fuels conditions which are drier than average and have reached the threshold identified to establish fire season and implement stage 1 restrictions. Yellowstone County has set Stage 1 Fire Restrictions as of 7/5/2016. Open burning within the boundaries of Yellowstone County, Montana will be shut down until the resolution is rescinded at the end of fire season.
During the fire season, a person may not ignite or set a fire, including a slash-burning fire, land-clearing fire, debris-burning fire, or open fire within the county protection area on any residential or commercial property, forest, range, or croplands subject to the provisions of this part without having obtained an official written permit or permission to ignite or set a fire from the recognized protection agency for that protection area with the exception of agricultural burning per 3.f below. A permit or permission is not needed for recreational fires measuring less than 48 inches in diameter that are surrounded by a nonflammable structure and for which a suitable source of extinguishing the fire is available.
That, Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are ordered for all areas of Yellowstone County and the following acts are prohibited until further notice:
o Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire unless noted in the exemptions.
o 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.

Exemptions to the above prohibitions are allowed only for:
a. Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
b. Persons using a fire solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG 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 (3) feet of the device.
c. Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
d. All land within a city or town boundary is exempted.
e. Other exemptions unique to each agency/tribe.
f. Farmers & ranchers, with an approved open burning permit, can burn agricultural lands and/or ditches with approval of their local fire department.


4. That, the County Fire Warden cease and desist from issuing new open burning permits during this period and suspend existing permits, with the exception of 3f above; and
5. That, a person who purposely ignites a fire in violation of this section shall reimburse the county governing body or recognized protection agency for costs incurred for any fire suppression activities resulting from the illegal fire, as provided in 50-63-103 MCA. The Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office will enforce this resolution and issue citations to violators where necessary per 7-33-2206, MCA.

Under the provision of MCA 50-63-103 you are liable for any and all fire suppression costs and damages resulting from an escaped and/or uncontrollable fire. Under MCA 45-6-102, a person commits the offense of negligent arson if he purposely places the property of another in danger of damage or destruction and can be fined $500.00.

Carbon County: private land, Billings at Stage I

from 2016 Jul 01 midnight until rescinded

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 except within a developed recreation site, fire ring or improved site.
• 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.

MT DNRC: Southern Land Office, Billings Unit within Carbon County, Billings at Stage I

from 2016 Jul 01 midnight until rescinded

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 except within a developed recreation site, fire ring or improved site.
• 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.

0 Upcoming Restrictions

Billings Area Press Release Updated: July 11, 2016 (1 month, 2 weeks ago)

Prevent Equipment Caused Wildfires

JUST ONE SMALL SPARK CAN IGNITE A WILDFIRE. A LOOSE SAFETY CHAIN ON A TRAILER OR A DANGLING MUFFLER STRIKING A ROCK OR PAVEMENT WILL SEND A SHOWER OF SPARKS INTO DRY VEGETATION. REMEMBER, ONE LESS SPARK MEANS ONE LESS WILDFIRE!

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT JHEN RAWLING AT (406) 896-2836

Billings Area Information Updated: July 11, 2016 (1 month, 2 weeks ago)