STAGE II FIRE RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT
Lincoln County and the Kootenai National Forest on Wednesday both announced fire restrictions to begin midnight Thursday due to fire danger the county described as very high to extreme.
1. Building maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire.
2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or whilestopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammablematerials.
3. The following acts are prohibited from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.:
Operating any internal combustion engine.A one hour foot patrol in the work area is required followingcessation of all activities as identified in #3 above.
Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
Using an explosive.
4. Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails.
- 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 andoff. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead andsurrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the device.
- Operating generators with an approved spark arresting device within an enclosed vehicle orbuilding or in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammablematerials 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 specificallyauthorized by written posted notice.
- Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force inthe performance of an official duty.
- All land within a city boundary is exempted.
- Other exemptions unique to each agency/tribe.
You could be fined up to $5,000 individually or $10,000 for an organization and imprisonment upto 6 months for violating restrictions and closures.
You can be held liable for all suppression costs and damages if you start a fire.
MissionTo preserve and enhance Montana’s natural and manmade resources by mobilizing all Montanans to make their homes, neighborhoods, and communities fire safe. Lincoln County FireSafe Council is a nonprofit group that is here to help citizens of the county prepare for a wildfire.
- Provide leadership for and coordinate voluntary FireSafe activities in Lincoln County.
- Provide technical assistance, information, resource materials, and other help to landowners and other concerned citizens to help them assess their risks from wildfire, increase preparedness, and reduce risks where possible.
- Encourage and facilitate homeowners', homeowner's associations, and others' voluntary participation in developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating FireSafe programs and activities.
- Provide representation from Lincoln County to FireSafe Montana, a non-profit organization which serves as a bridge between local FireSafe Councils around the state and the regional and national interests and policy makers whose activities affect the successful implementation of those Councils' wildfire mitigation activities.
- Update, revise and help implement the Lincoln County CWPP
- Work and collaborate with local, state, and federal agencies (Local fire departments, DNRC, USFS, and Flathead Economic Policy Center) on projects of mutual interest.
- Encourage students in the county to take an active part in the Lincoln County FireSafe Council.
- Provide the leadership for FireWise education in the county.
Visit the FireSafe Council page for upcoming meetings, agendas, and to read the minutes of previous council meetings.
Eric Leigh, Lincoln County Environmental Health - Phone: (406) 283-2441
Next Council Meeting:Next Council Meeting is:
9:00am - 11:30 am
Minutes FireSafe MT 2014
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USFS Fire Prevention Tech
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& Fisher River Valley FSA
Lincoln Co. Commissioner
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