from 2016 Aug 12 midnight until rescindedDue 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 Open burning within the boundaries of Yellowstone County, Montana will be shut down until the resolution is rescinded at the end of fire season.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.
from 2016 Jul 05 midnight until rescindedStage 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.
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Billings Area Press Release
Updated: July 11, 2016 (1 month, 3 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