CHINOOK, Mont. (NMB) – County Commissions all across the Hi-Line have voted to implement fire restrictions due to the extremely hot and dry conditions.
Liberty County has the most stringent policy, as they have gone into Stage 2 of fire restrictions, effective immediately. This not only prohibits open burning, but also building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire. It also bans smoking outdoors unless in an area clear of flammable materials and outlaws the use of fireworks, operating combustible engines, and welding between 1PM and 1 AM. Some exceptions can be made for agriculture related practices.
Phillips and Chouteau Counties will move into Stage 1 Fire Restrictions beginning at 12:01 AM on Friday morning. This bans open burning, as well as smoking in outdoor areas that aren’t clear of flammable materials.
Rocky Boy and Fort Belknap are also in Stage 1 of Fire Restrictions. For Fort Belknap, fireworks are banned within the perimeters of the Little Rockies and Mission Canyon.
Hill and Blaine County have implemented burn bans. This bans open burning.
The Blaine burn ban is already in effect while Hill County’s ban begins at 12:01 AM on Friday morning.
For the latest on fire restrictions across the state, visit mtfireinfo.org.