The Bighorn National Forest Service announced late Friday that Stage 1 fire restrictions for the Bighorn National Forest will go into effect at midnight Sunday, July 1st. Forest Supervisor Bill Bass said that low snowpack and an unseasonably warm and dry spring have prompted the restrictions.
The news release states that violation of these regulations is punishable as a class B misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment of not more than 6 months, or both. Anyone negligently or willfully starting a wildland fire could also be held responsible for the costs of that fire.
A complete list of what is prohibited in the Bighorn National Forest can be viewed at the end of this story at sheridanmedia.com.
The following prohibitions will go into effect this Sunday:
1.Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal broiler, grill, or barbecue, or a coal or wood stove without a permit, except within agency approved fire grates at Forest Service designated developed campgrounds, picnic grounds, or in an area posted by a Forest Officer allowing fires. Liquefied and bottle gas stoves, lanterns, or heating devices, or a fully enclosed (sheepherder or large tent-type) stove with a ¼ inch spark arrester type screen may be used, provided such devices meet the fire underwriters specifications for safety
2.Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester properly installed and in effective working order, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 2A, and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches.
3.Smoking, except in 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.
Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame or arc; except within an area that is barren or cleared of all flammable material at least 10 feet on all sides from the equipment, and with an 8 ounce chemical pressurized fire extinguisher.