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Raindrops are highlighted on a yellow leaf at Riverfront Park on Thursday.

Fire restrictions for Yellowstone County will be lifted beginning Saturday, according to resolution passed by county commissioners on Friday.

Stage I fire restrictions were implemented on June 27. Stage II fire restrictions were implemented on July 18. 

The resolution lifting the restrictions cites changed conditions in Yellowstone County "with cooler temperatures and moisture reducing the fire hazard." 

As of Saturday burning with approved burning permits will be allowed and other restrictions will be lifted. 

Stage II fire restrictions include a ban on campfires and on smoking outside of vehicles, buildings or developed recreation sites with few exceptions. Stage II restrictions also ban the use of motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails. During Stage II fire restrictions welding, the use of torches with open flames, the use of explosives and the operation of internal combustion engines are banned from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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