Bonfires prohibited in Kootenai Forest, Lincoln County


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Level I fire restrictions prohibiting campfires and smoking go into effect on Saturday, July 3 at 12:01 am in the Kootenai National Forest, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Libby Unit, and Lincoln County.

Currently, the Flathead National Forest, DNRC Kalispell Unit, Stillwater Unit, Swan Unit, Glacier National Park, Flathead County, and Lake County are not subject to any restrictions, according to the Northern Rockies Coordination Group.

As a reminder, fireworks are always prohibited in National Forest System land, state forests, state parks, and state recreation areas.

The intent of the Level I fire restrictions is to reduce the risk of fire and prevent forest fires during periods of high to extreme danger by reducing potential ignition sources. Every year 70 to 80% of forest fires are man-made and this summer the trend has continued. Northwest Montana is currently suffering from drought conditions including extremely dry forest fuels; Predicting temperatures above normal accompanied by low humidity, wind, and minimal rainfall with competition for fire fighting resources as fires continue to burn across the state and the west

The Level I fire restrictions prohibit the following:

• To build, maintain, service, or use fire, campfire, or stove fire, unless otherwise noted in the exempted areas below.

An exception are people who use a fire that is operated exclusively with liquid petroleum or liquid gas and that can be switched on and off. Such devices may only be used in an area that is sparse or free of all overhead and surrounding combustible materials within one meter of the device.

• Smoking, except in enclosed vehicles or buildings, in a developed recreation area, or in an area 3 feet or more in diameter that is sterile or devoid of all combustible materials.

For more information, please visit https://www.mtfireinfo.org for more information on Level I fire restrictions.

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