Bighorn National Forest Lifts Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

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Stage 1 fire restrictions in the Bighorn National Forest have been lifted according to Forest Supervisor Bill Bass. Stage 1 restrictions were implemented on July 29 in response to unusually hot and dry conditions in the forest when fire danger was rated very high. Recent precipitation and cooler temperatures have reduced the fire danger to moderate.

Bass said although the restrictions have been lifted, people still need to be extra careful with fire. He said there will be warm and dry days ahead and that while the grasses are wet, the timber fuel types are still dry from the lack of moisture this summer. Lifting the restrictions means that campfires are now allowed outside developed recreation sites.

The fine for an abandoned campfire is up to $5,000 or six months in jail. Violators can be held liable for the costs of suppressing a wildfire if the campfire escapes.