Stage I Fire Restrictions Going into Effect in NW Montana
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: July 26, 2023

Kalispell, MT, July 26, 2023 — Interagency fire managers are
implementing Stage I Fire Restrictions that will go into effect at
12:01am Saturday, July 29th, 2023 across the Flathead National Forest,
Kootenai National Forest, Glacier National Park, US Fish and Wildlife
Service, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation –
Northwestern Land Office, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 1, and
Lincoln County, Flathead County, and Sanders County.
Each year, 70 to 80% of wildfires are human-caused and this summer the
trend has continued. Northwest Montana is currently experiencing
drought conditions including extremely dry forest fuels; forecasts of
temperatures above normal accompanied by low humidity, wind, and
minimal precipitation; and competition for firefighting resources, as
fires continue to burn across the State and the West. The intent of Fire
Restrictions is to reduce fire risk and prevent wildfires during periods of
high to extreme danger by decreasing potential sources of ignition.
Please refer to the appropriate Fire Restrictions Order for the land you
are visiting and for a complete list of what is and isn’t allowed.
Federal, State, and Private jurisdictions under Stage I restrictions
• Flathead National Forest, including Hungry Horse, Glacier View,
Swan Lake, Spotted Bear and Tally Ranger Districts to include the Great
Bear Wilderness, Mission Mountain Wilderness, and the Flathead
National Forest portion of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. *NO recreation
site campfire exemptions
• Kootenai National Forest, including Rexford, Fortine, Three Rivers,
Libby and Cabinet Ranger Districts. *NO recreation site campfire
• Glacier National Park
• US Fish & Wildlife Service, Including Lost Trail and Swan River
National Wildlife Refuge
•Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation,
including Kalispell, Libby, Stillwater and Plains Units. State land &
private classified forested lands
• Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Region 1 within Flathead County,
Lincoln County, Sanders County
• Flathead County – Stage I fire restrictions
• Lake County – No fire restrictions
• Lincoln County – Stage I fire restrictions
• Sanders County– Stage I fire restrictions
• Green Diamond – are not allowing campfires on their lands
• Flathead Ridge Ranch – prohibits campfires on their lands
• Southern Pine Plantation of Montana – Industrial Timberlands in Lincoln, Sanders,
and Flathead Counties are not allowing campfires
• Stimson Private Timber Company – are not allowing campfires on their lands
• Stoltze Timber Company – are not allowing campfires on their lands
Stage I Fire Restrictions Prohibit:
The Following Acts Are Prohibited Until Further Notice:
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 three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials
Stage I Exemptions:
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 that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding
materials within three feet of the device.
3. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by
written posted notice.
4. Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the
performance of an official duty.
5. All land within a city boundary is exempted. *Review local ordinances specific to jurisdiction.
6. Other exemptions unique to each agency/tribe.
1) You could be fined up to $5,000 individually or $10,000 for an organization and imprisoned up
to 6 months for violating restrictions and closures.
2) You can be held liable for all suppression costs and damages if you start a fire.
For current wildfire and restrictions information please visit:
Know your risk and do your part to prevent accidental wildfire ignitions this
• Never discard cigarettes, matches or smoking materials on the ground.
• Maintain and clean any logging, farming, or lawn equipment before use.
• Ensure trailer chains are properly secured to prevent dragging which can cause sparks.
• Avoid driving or parking your vehicle, ATV, or UTV on dry grass.
• Debris burning is prohibited in NW Montana during July, August and September

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