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Yellowstone County Board of Commissioners ordered Stage II fire restrictions

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Crooks Fire near Arlee still raging

Yellowstone County, Montana – Stage II fire restrictions order to start on Wednesday at 12:01 a.m.

The Yellowstone Board of Commissioners were forced to issue the order after recent large fires in the region, including the fire at Robertson Draw.

On June 15, the Yellowstone County entered Stage I fire restrictions.

“As the community is aware, our area is in a period of exceptionally hot, dry, and windy weather for this time of year. Our neighboring counties have already been hit hard by the devastation that wildfires can cause. As a result, the County Commissioners are taking reasonable precautions to attempt to prevent the potential loss of property, resources, and even life, that can come from man-made fires,” county officials stated.

Activities that are prohibited under Stage II fire restrictions are as follows:

– Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails.

– The use of any combustible entertainment device including but not limited to fireworks, unless granted a permit from the Yellowstone County Sheriff for community-related purposes and subject to the requirements put into place by the Sheriff.

– Operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine, blasting, or welding between 1 p.m. and 1 a.m.

– 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.

– Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire for any purpose.

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