All or parts of 24 Montana counties are under fire restrictions on the eve of the July 4 holiday as the threat of wildfires loom. Most are under Stage I restrictions, which prohibit campfires, charcoal grills and smoking outside of a building or vehicle.
All or parts of eight counties are under Stage II restrictions, which also limits the use of engine-powered equipment, explosives and firearms. Some are under additional restrictions, such as fireworks bans, imposed by local officials.
Here is a list of the counties and the type of restrictions they were under as of Wednesday:
Beaverhead: Stage I, Big Horn: Stage I. Broadwater: Stage I Carbon: Stage II, Carter: Stage I, Custer: Stage I, Dawson: Stage I. Deer Lodge (parts): Stage I, Gallatin: Stage I
Granite (parts) : Stage I, Jefferson: Stage I, Lewis and Clark: Stage I, Madison: Stage I, with parts Stage II, Musselshell: Stage II, Park: Stage I, with parts Stage II, Powder River: Stage I, Prairie: Stage I, Rosebud: Stage I, Silver Bow (parts): Stage I, Stillwater: Stage II, Sweet Grass: Stage II, Treasure: Stage II, Wibaux: Stage I, Yellowstone: Stage II