BOZEMAN, Mont. -

The following is a news release from the Gallatin National Forest.

Stage I Fire Restrictions will go into effect on the Gallatin National Forest on Friday, June 29th at 12:01 a.m. The only areas exempt from the restrictions are the Absaroka-Beartooth and Lee Metcalf Wilderness Areas.

Stage I Fire Restrictions require that Forest visitors build, maintain, attend or use a fire or campfire in a stove and that campfires and charcoal fires will be allowed only at developed or designated recreation sites or campgrounds in an agency provided metal fire ring. Fires fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels may be used anywhere on National Forest System lands during Stage I Fire Restrictions.

Under Stage I Fire Restrictions smoking is allowed only within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable materials.

“As vegetation dries out and day time temperatures climb into the 80’s and 90’s the fire danger across the Gallatin National Forest is ranging from high to very high,” said Marna Daley, Public Affairs Officer. “The fire activity in our area and other portions of the nation are experiencing is stretching firefighting resources thin making it imperative to reduce the number of new fires. You can help by following the Stage I Fire Restrictions and ensuring your campfire is cool to the touch before leaving your campsite.”

If you plan to recreate on the Gallatin National Forest this Fourth of July, remember to leave your fireworks at home. The discharge of fireworks is prohibited on all federal and state lands. Those discharging fireworks on National Forest System lands can be fined up to $5,000 and receive up to six months in jail.

For more information please contact the Gallatin National Forest office nearest to you.