Beaverhead County to Enter Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

Beaverhead County is entering stage 2 fire restrictions on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 12 AM.



Stage 2 restrictions are as follows:


Stage II: No Fires ANYWHERE, This, includes no recreational campfires in your yards, no smoking unless within an enclosed vehicle, building, developed recreation site, or area 3 feet in diameter cleared of all flammable materials, no operating any internal combustion engine prohibited from 1 PM to 1 AM daily, no welding of operating acetylene or other torch with open flame prohibited from 1 PM to 1 AM daily, no operating motorized off designated roads and trails prohibited.


*Land within city boundaries is exempt **a patrol is required for 2 hours following cessation of all activities as identified above.


VIOLATIONS:

You could be fined up to $5,000 individually or $10,000 for an organization and imprisonment up to 6 months for violating restrictions and closures.

You can be held liable for all suppression and damages if you start a fire.



STAGE II

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.


3. The following acts are prohibited from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.:

a. Operating any internal combustion engine.

b. Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.

c. Using an explosive.

A one-hour foot patrol in the work area is required following cessation of all activities as identified in #3 above.


4. Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails.



Exemptions:

  • Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.

  • Persons using a device fueled solely 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 materials within 3 feet of the device.

  • Operating generators with an approved spark arresting device 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.

  • Operating motorized vehicles on designated roads and trails.

  • Emergency repair of public utilities and railroads as per attached conditions.

  • Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.

  • Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

  • All land within a city boundary is exempted.

  • Other exemptions unique to each agency/tribe.



Violations:

You could be fined up to $5,000 individually or $10,000 for an organization and imprisonment up to 6 months for violating restrictions and closures.


You can be held liable for all suppression costs and damages if you start a fire.



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