Stage 1 fire restrictions are now in effect throughout the region. Here’s the meat of the press release. Read the full text over at the NF News site . . .
Conditions are right for wildland fires.
As a precaution, Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect in Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, and Sanders Counties at 0001 a.m. on Friday the 3rd of July 2015. This includes all private, state, and federally (Forest Service, Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service) managed lands in these counties. Fire Restrictions also go into effect on the Bob Marshall Wilderness lands within the Flathead National Forest. Completely contained wood stoves with a fire screen or spark arrester are allowed ONLY in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, instead of campfires.
Under Stage 1, fires are prohibited except within developed recreation sites (contact your local agency for a list of sites), and smoking is allowed only in areas cleared of flammable materials. Exemptions include fires fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG, or other activities for which there is a permit or written authorization.