Wildfire promts BLM to close shooting in Copper City area
The following is a news release from the BLM.
"The Bureau of Land Management's Butte Field Office has issued a fire prevention order temporarily prohibiting all forms of shooting in the Copper City area 5 miles north of Three Forks, effective at 12:01 a.m. on July 24.
The restriction prohibits discharging any firearm on public lands in the area.
"We always want to keep safety first and we still have firefighters in the Copper City area conducting patrols and mop up activities," said Butte Field Office Manager Scott Haight.
"We've already had one fire started due to shooting that burned several hundred acres and conditions remain extremely dry. As soon as fire operations are concluded and the fire risk has passed we'll lift the fire prevention order."
Crews are also working to repair fence and stock water pipeline segments that were destroyed by the fire last weekend.
"In the interest of public and employee safety, and in light of the current fire and weather conditions, we decided to issue this restriction now," said Haight.
Access to the BLM's property in the Copper City area is still open. The restriction only applies to shooting firearms in the Copper City area until further notice.
A copy of the restriction order and a map of the affected area are available at the Butte Field Office, 106 North Parkmont, Butte, MT 59701. Violation of a fire prevention order can subject an individual to penalties."