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Fire Restrictions went into effect April 8, 2021, for the Sioux Ranger District, Custer Gallatin National Forest.

Drought conditions have steadily worsened since last fall and the lack of snow and spring moisture is delaying green up resulting in an increase in wildland fire danger.  Restrictions will remain in effect until April 30, 2021 or until rescinded. Spring hunting activities can continue, however, campfires and target shooting activities are prohibited.

The purpose of fire restrictions is to reduce the risk of human-caused wildland fire during periods of high fire danger and severe fire weather conditions. Under Stage II Restrictions the following are prohibited:

•Building, maintain, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal or wood stove; and

•Smoking.

Exemptions to the  restrictions including:

1. Persons with a special use authorization or other Forest Service authorization specifically exempting them from the effect of this order;

2. Persons smoking within an enclosed vehicle or building or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials;

3. 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;

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

5. Persons lawfully harvesting game or non-game species.

Information on Custer Gallatin National Forest conditions and restrictions can be found by calling the Sioux Ranger District at 605-797-4432, online at www.fs.usda.gov/custergallatin or on Facebook at Custer Gallatin Forest.  Information on drought conditions can also be found at Current Map | United States Drought Monitor (unl.edu).

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