In response to dry, warm weather that could increase the danger of human-caused wildfires, three state parks (Cooney, Pictograph Cave and Yellowstone River state parks) in Yellowstone and Carbon Counties are under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions.
Campfires also are banned and other fires are restricted at all fishing access sites and wildlife management areas in Yellowstone and Carbon counties.
These state parks are under a Stage 1 Fire Restriction with an exemption allowing campfires in designated steel fire grates provided at Cooney and Pictograph Cave State Parks. Propane and LP camp stoves are allowed. Smoking is not allowed except in enclosed vehicles or developed sites clear of all flammable materials.
Officials in Yellowstone and Carbon counties earlier this week enacted Stage I restrictions, which ban campfires except where specifically exempted and allow smoking only in vehicles and areas three feet in diameter that are cleared of flammable materials.
Lake Elmo State Park has no Stage 1 Fire Restrictions because it is within the Billings city limits.
An update on stateparks.mt.gov will be issued when the restriction is lifted.
For more on fire restriction definitions visit: http://fwp.mt.gov/news/drought/definitions.html