Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St
Dillon, MT 59725
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
BEAVERHEAD-DEERLODGE NATIONAL FOREST DILLON, MONTANA
STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS
Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and Title 36 CFR 261.50 (a), the following acts are prohibited within all National Forest System lands as described in this Order (the “Restricted Area”) on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest:
1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire. [36 CFR 261.52 (a)]
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 material. [36 CFR 261.52 (d)]
3. Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame. [36 CFR 261.52(i)]
All National Forest System lands, roads and trails within the exterior boundaries of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest as shown on “Attachment A- Area Closure Map.” EXCEPT the Pintler Ranger District and Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness which are excluded from the Restricted Area (no fire restrictions).
EXCEPTIONS TO PROHIBITIONS:
(1) For Prohibition #1, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire in constructed, permanent fire rings within developed recreation sites and the use of portable stoves, lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum, pressurized liquid fuel or a fully enclosed (sheepherder type) stove with a ¼” spark arrester type screen is permitted.
(2) For Prohibition #1, petroleum-fueled stoves, gas lanterns, pressurized liquid fuel and fully enclosed stoves may only be used in areas that are barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the device.
(3) For Prohibition #3, welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame is permitted in a cleared area of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher.
To reduce fire risk, prevent human-caused wildland fires, protect property, and protect public health and safety during periods of high or extreme fire danger.
This order will be in effect from 00:01AM August 26, 2021 and shall remain in effect until 00:01 AM September 30, 2021 or until the order is rescinded, whichever occurs first.
These prohibitions are in addition to the general prohibitions in 36 CFR Part 261, Subpart A. This Order supersedes any previous orders prohibiting the same acts covered by this order. EXEMPTIONS:
Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50 (e), the following persons are exempt from this order:
Persons with a special use authorization or other Forest Service authorization specifically exempting them from the effect of this Order. 36 CFR § 261.50(e)(1).
Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty. 36 CFR § 261.50(e)(4).
Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both. (16 U.S.C.
§551 and 18 U.S.C. §§ 3559, 3571 and 3581(b)(7)).
Further information regarding this order may be obtained at the Beaverhead Deerlodge Forest Supervisor’s Office located at 420 Barrett Street, Dillon, Montana, 59725, (406) 683-3900.
Executed in Dillon, Montana, this 25th day of August, 2021.
Cheri Ford Forest Supervisor