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Posted on: August 9, 2018

RAVALLI COUNTY STAGE II FIRE RESTRICTIONS EFFECTIVE FRIDAY AUGUST 10, 2018 12:01 AM

RESOLUTION NO. 3756


STAGE II RESTRICTIONS WITHIN RAVALLI COUNTY

WHEREAS, the BOARD OF RAVALLI COUNTY COMMISSIONERS established a Ravalli County local fire season on February 28, 2018, as per Resolution No. 3697; and

WHEREAS, the BOARD OF RAVALLI COUNTY COMMISSIONERS passed Resolution 3758 on July 11, 2018, which restricted open burning in the County; and

WHEREAS, with multiple fires active in the region and the lack of resources to bring these under control, the threat of new fire starts that are resistant to control has created a substantial hazard to the citizens of the County; and

WHEREAS, the Commissioners wish to place further exemptions on certain activities within county lands;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that, at the request of the Ravalli County Firewarden, pursuant to 7-33-2212 MCA, the Board of Commissioners designate Ravalli County a high fire hazard area;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the following acts are prohibited at any time until further notice:

1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire

2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material

3. The use or fireworks

4. Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails

The following acts are prohibited from 1:00 pm to 1:00 am:

1. Operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine for felling, bucking, skidding, road building or firewood gathering

2. Outdoor welding, or operating acetylene or other type torch with open flame

3. Using any explosive

4. A one-hour patrol in the work area is required following the cessation of all activities as identified in #1 - #3 above.

IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED that the aforementioned restrictions are subject to the following exemptions, which do not relieve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by the exempted activity:

1. Persons with written authorization from the Ravalli County Commissioners that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act

2. Within the confines of residential use, persons using a cooking device fueled by liquid petroleum fuels that can be turned on and off, or a commercial barbeque that utilizes charcoal briquettes

3. Operating generators with an approved spark arresting device within an enclosed vehicle or building or in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the generator

4. Operating motorized vehicles on designated roads and trails

5. Repair, maintenance and construction of public utilities

6. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice

7. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force, in the performance of an official duty

8. All land within a city boundary is exempted

9. Agricultural activity (other than open burning) unrelated to forest harvest if fire extinguisher or fire suppression equipment is immediately available

10. Residential and commercial lawn care

11. Construction site activities on private lands if:

Fire extinguisher or fire suppression equipment is immediately available.

IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution becomes effective Friday, August 10, 2018 at 12:01 am, and shall remain in effect until such time as it may be amended or rescinded by Board of County Commissioners action.

PASSED AND APPROVED THIS 8TH DAY OF AUGUST, 2018.

BOARD OF RAVALLI COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

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