Stage 1 fire restrictions to start in Bob Marshall

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On the northern end of the Chinese Wall in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, looking toward Silvertip Mountain, the Wall Creek cliffs and Spotted Bear drainage.

Rick and Susie Graetz INDEPENDENT RECORD

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest is implementing Stage 1 fire restrictions across the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex within the Lincoln and Rocky Mountain ranger districts, starting Saturday.

This order will also implement fire restrictions on the Rocky Mountain Ranger District outside of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Much of the Forest is already in Stage 1 restrictions as of July 9.

Under Stage 1 restrictions:

• Campfires and charcoal fires are allowed only at developed recreation sites where Forest Service metal fire rings are provided. Fires within rock fire rings are not authorized.

• Camping stoves fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels may be used anywhere on national forest system lands.

• The use of portable stoves, lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum, pressurized liquid fuel or a fully enclosed (sheepherder type) stove with a one-quarter inch spark arrester type screen

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