HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – The Hill County Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday morning to move from a burn ban into Stage 1 fire restrictions, effective at 12:01 AM on Friday morning.
In addition, the Commission removed the exemption that would have allowed for campfires at campgrounds and recreation sites. Commissioner Mark Peterson says this action was requested by Beaver Creek Park Superintendent Chad Edgar.
Also moving into Stage 1 on Friday is the City of Havre, which put out a press release on Tuesday notifying the public.
Stage 1 restrictions prohibit building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire. They also ban smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, 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.
- Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the prohibited act
- 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 flammable materials within 3 feet of device
- 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
- Other exemptions unique to each agency/tribe
With Rocky Boy, the Bureau of Land Management, and Fish, Wildlife and Parks also all in Stage 1, the entire county will now be under the same restrictions as of Friday morning.