BOZEMAN, Mont. -

The following is a press release from the Custer and Gallatin National Forests:

Pursuant to 36 Code of Federal Regulations 261.50 (a) the following act(s) are prohibited on all National Forest System (NFS) lands administered by the Custer and Gallatin National Forests.

1)      Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire, or stove fire. 36 CFR 261.52(a)

2)      Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, 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. 36 CFR 261.52(d)

Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this order:

a)      Persons building, maintaining or attending a fire, or campfire, or stove fire on NFS lands administered by the Ashland and Sioux Ranger Districts of the Custer National Forest.

b)     Persons smoking on NFS lands administered by the Ashland and Sioux Ranger Districts.

c)     Persons building, maintaining or attending a fire, or campfire, or stove fire in Developed Recreation Sites listed in Attachment A of this order.

d)     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 the device.

e)     Persons with a permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.

f)      Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

These prohibitions are in addition to the general prohibitions in 36 CFR Part 261, Subpart A.

Order # 01-08-02-13-01 is hereby terminated on the Beartooth Ranger District of the Custer National Forest This Special Order is effective at 0001 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time on Saturday, August 246, 2013. Done in Bozeman, Montana, this 22nd day of August, 2013.