Local Area Open for Labor Day Weekend
Incident: Rock Creek Fire Wildfire
The community of Red Lodge is open for business over the Labor Day weekend, as are local campgrounds on the Beartooth Ranger District. The Beartooth Highway (U.S. Hwy 212) is open between Red Lodge and the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, which includes access to Cooke City and Silver Gate. The air is clear of smoke, as fire activity has moderated over the past week.
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place on U.S. Forest Service lands on the Beartooth Ranger District, EXCLUDING the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area. Under these restrictions, stove fires, campfires and charcoal fires are allowed ONLY at developed or designated recreation sites or campgrounds in a agency provided metal fire ring. Fires within rock fire rings are NOT authorized. Fires fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels may be used anywhere on National Forest System lands during Stage 1 fire restrictions. Also included in these restrictions is 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. Contact the Beartooth Ranger District, (406) 446-2103, for more information.
Stage 2 fire restrictions are in place for Carbon County. Contact Carbon County, (406) 446-1595, for more information.
The public is encouraged to follow all fire restrictions and to be careful with fire over the holiday weekend.