Bureau of Land Management, Interior.
Bureau of Land Management Montana State Director Mat Millenbach has initiated Level 4 fire restrictions, effective starting at 12:01 am Mountain Daylight Time Thursday, August 31, 2000, on the BLM lands in the South Dakota counties listed below. These restrictions are in response to the region's increasing fire potentials, the current level of fire activity, and the current scarcity of fire suppression resources.
The Level 4 fire restrictions apply to BLM lands in: Fall River, Custer, Pennington, Lawrence, Butte, Harding, Meade, Perkins, and Stanley counties.
With Level 4 fire restrictions, the following activities are prohibited on BLM managed lands. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a campfire or any open fire is prohibited (43 CFR 9212.1(h)). Gas and liquid-fueled stoves and lanterns are still permitted at a signed developed, designated recreation site or campground.
Contained units, campers, trailers, etc. are not restricted to designated areas if cooking within the contained unit. This includes pickups with toppers, but not an open pickup bed. Boats on water are considered a contained unit.
Camping in contained units is confined to areas immediately adjacent to open roads. Possessing or using motorized vehicles such as, but not limited to cars, trucks, trail bikes, motorcycles and all terrain vehicles off of cleared roads is prohibited except for persons with a grazing, oil and gas or mining permit performing activities in accordance with their permit. Cleared roads are defined as roads cleared of Start Printed Page 53745vegetation shoulder to shoulder (43 CFR 9212.1(h)).
Travel via foot or bicycle will be allowed on roads that have been closed due to the extreme fire danger.
Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building; at an improved place of habitation; at a developed, designated recreation site or campground; or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable material, is prohibited (43 CFR 9212.1(h)).
Use of chainsaws or other equipment with internal combustion engines for felling, bucking, skidding/wood cutting, road-building, and other high fire risk operations is prohibited. Exceptions are helicopter yarding and earth moving on areas of cleared and bare soil. Sawing incidental to loading operations on cleared landings is not necessarily restricted (43 CFR 9212.1(h)).
Welding, blasting (except seismic operations confined by ten or more feet of soil, sand or cuttings), and other activities with a high potential for causing wildland fires are prohibited (43 CFR 9212.1(h)).
A patrol is required for a period of two hours following the cessation of all work activity. The patrol person's responsibilities include checking for compliance with required fire precautions.
Exemptions to the above prohibitions are allowed only for any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue, firefighting force or law enforcement in the performance of an official duty, or persons with a permit or written authorization allowing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.
These restrictions will become effective at 12:01 a.m., Mountain Daylight Time, Thursday, August 31, 2000, and will remain in effect until rescinded or revoked.
Violation of this prohibition is punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment for not more than 12 months, or both.
Restrictions go into effect at 12:01 am on Thursday, August 31, 2000, and will remain in effect until further notice.
Comments should be sent to BLM Montana State Director, Attention: Pat Mullaney, P.O. Box 36800, Billings, Montana 59107-6800.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Pat Mullaney, Fire Management Specialist, 406-896-2915.Start Signature
Dated: August 30, 2000.
Roberta A. Moltzen,
Acting State Director.
[FR Doc. 00-22737 Filed 8-31-00; 1:14 pm]
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