Madison County issues Stage 2 burn ban
Stage II fire restrictions in place across region
Following suit with other agencies, Madison County Commissioners approved a Stage 2 burn ban for the county, effective as of July 27, 2021.
The ban includes most the items listed below, as well as a ban on tiki torches, and a ban from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. on construction site activities, not including utility and emergency construction.
This ban accompanies similar restrictions throughout the area including Stage 2 fire restrictions on Madison County Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management locations. It does not include municipalities.
Current restrictions prohibit the following:
• Building maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire.
• 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.
• Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails, as defined in approved agency travel plan.
In addition, the following acts are prohibited from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.:
• Operating any internal combustion engine.
• Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
• Using an explosive.
For more information on fire restrictions in Montana, visit https://www.mtfireinfo.org/
After an emergency meeting on July 28, the Madison County Board of Commissioners voted to allow the construction site portion of the burn ban.