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Woods Creek Fire

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Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2880 Skyway Drive
Helena, MT 59602

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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions For Helena- Lewis and Clark National Forest

Woods Creek Fire Wildfire
Closures – 8/28/2021

Order Number 01-15-00-21-33







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 Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest:


1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire (see exemptions and Attachment A2- Developed Recreation Areas). [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 Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest as depicted on Attachments A, C, D, E, F, G and H.


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 Saturday, August 28, 2021 and shall remain in effect until 00:01 AM Saturday, October 2, 2021 or until the order is rescinded, whichever occurs first.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, including Order Numbers 01-15-00-21-16, 01-15-00-21-21, 01-15-14-21-24 and 01-15-00-21-29, prohibiting the same acts covered by this order.


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).

For Prohibition #1, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire in constructed, permanent fire rings within identified developed recreation sites (Attachment A2) and the use of portable stoves, terns using gas, jellied petroleum, pressurized liquid fuel or a fully enclosed (sheepherder type) stove with a ¼” spark arrester type screen is permitted. 36 CFR § 261.50(e)(6).

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. 36 CFR § 261.50(e)(6).

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. 36 CFR § 261.50(e)(6).


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 Helena-Lewis & Clark Forest Supervisor’s Office located at 2880 Skyway Drive, Helena, Montana, 59602, (406) 449-5201.

Executed in Helena, Montana, this 27th day of August, 2021. Sara Mayben

Acting Forest Supervisor


Belt Creek- White Sulphur Springs Ranger District:

• Aspen Campground

• Kings Hill Campground

• Many Pines Campground

• Logging Creek Campground

• Jumping Creek Campground

• Moose Creek Campground

• Grasshopper Campground

Judith-Musselshell Ranger District:

• Dry Wolf Campground

• Crystal Lake Campground

• Hay Canyon Campground

• Thain Creek Campground

• Spring Creek Campground

Rocky Mountain Ranger District:

• Benchmark Campground

• Cave Mountain Campground

• Double Falls Campground

• Elko Campground

• Home Gulch Campground

• Mill Falls Campground

• Mortimer Gulch Campground

• South Fork Sun Campground

• Summit Campground

• Beaver Creek Dispersed Campsite

• Van Deriet Campground

• West Fork Campground

• Wood Lake Campground

• Wood Lake Picnic Area

• West Fork Cabin

• Ford Creek Ranch

• Kenck Cabin

• Benchmark Wilderness Ranch

• Sun Canyon Lodge

• 7 Lazy P Guest Ranch

Townsend Ranger District:

• Gipsy Lake Campground (· currently in fire closure area)

• Skidway Campground

• Bar Gulch Cabin

• Eagle Guard Cabin

• Deep Creek Picnic Area

• Rillway Cabin

• Thompson Guard Station (· currently in fire closure area)

• Miller Cabin (· currently in fire closure area)

• Gipsy Day Use (· currently in fire closure area)

Lincoln Ranger District:

• Aspen Grove Campground

• Alice Creek Trailhead/ Day Use Area

• Pine Grove Campground

• Blackfoot Canyon Campground

• Copper Creek Campground

• Granite Butte Lookout

• Indian Meadows Guard Station

• Cummings Cabin

• Nevada Creek Cabin

Helena Ranger District:

• Coulter Campground

• Kading Campground

• Moose Creek Campground

• Park Lake Campground

• Vigilante Campground

• Cromwell-Dixon Campground

• Indian Flats Cabin

• Strawberry Lookout Cabin

• Kading Cabin

• Moose Creek Cabin

• Meriwether Picnic Area

• Park Lake Day Use Area

• Ten Mile Picnic Area

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