Stage I Fire Restrictions within BMWC effective 8-5-2017
Incident: Monahan Fire Wildfire
STAGE I FIRE RESTRICTIONS
FLATHEAD NATIONAL FOREST
BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS COMPLEX
USFS REGION ONE
Pursuant to 36 Code of Federal Regulations 261.50 (a) and (b) the following acts are prohibited within the Bob Marshall and Great Bear Wilderness areas on all National Forest System lands administered by the Flathead National Forest on the Spotted Bear and Hungry Horse Ranger Districts. These restrictions are 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and become effective at 12:01 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time on Saturday August 5th, 2017 and will remain in effect until rescinded.
The following acts are prohibited until further notice:
1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire. [36 CFR 261.52(a)]
Note: For the purpose of this order under Stage I fire restrictions; stove fires, campfires and charcoal fires are allowed ONLY at developed designated recreation sites, campgrounds or improved sites, as listed in Exhibit A.
Completely contained wood stoves with a fire screen or spark arrester are allowed ONLY in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.
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 material. [36 CFR 261.52(d)]
Exemptions to Stage I Restrictions [36 CFR 261.50(e)]
1. Persons with a written permit specifically authorizing 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 that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable material within three feet of the device.
3. Burning in a wood fueled stove, in an occupied permanent structure, with approved spark arrester.
4. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
5. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
NOTE: This order only applies to all Flathead National Forest System lands within the Bob Marshall and Great Bear Wilderness Areas within the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.
Dated this 3rd day of August, 2017 at Kalispell, MT
/s/ Chip Weber
Flathead National Forest
Penalty: Violations of these prohibitions are punishable by a fine of not more than $5000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment of not more than 6 months, or both. (16 U.S.C. 551 and i8 U.S.C. 3559 and 3571). Violators can be held liable for all suppression costs and damages if they start a fire.
Notification: A copy of this order shall be posted as prescribed in 36 CFR 261.51.
In accordance with Stage I Fire Restrictions evoked under this Special Forest Order that within the developed sites and special use permit resorts 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.
FLATHEAD NATIONAL FOREST
Spotted Bear Ranger District
Schafer Meadows Campground