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  2. RESOLUTION NO. 4296 STAGE II RESTRICTIONS WITHIN RAVALLI COUNTY

    RESOLUTION NO. 4296 STAGE II RESTRICTIONS WITHIN RAVALLI COUNTY WHEREAS, the BOARD OF RAVALLI COUNTY COMMISSIONERS established a Ravalli County local fire season on February 18, 2021, as per Resolution No. 4239; and Read on...
  3. Resolution No. 4260 Closure of Open Burning in Ravalli County

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  2. Resolution No. 4260 Closure of Open Burning in Ravalli County

    WHEREAS, the BOARD OF RAVALLI COUNTY COMMISSIONERS established a Ravalli County local fire season on February 18, 2021, as per Resolution No. 4239; and

    WHEREAS, fire danger in Ravalli County has been increasing and current forecasts predict hot and dry conditions in the area for the foreseeable future; and

    WHEREAS, current hot and dry conditions warrant open burning restrictions; and

    WHEREAS, the BOARD OF RAVALLI COUNTY COMMISSIONERS held a duly noticed public meeting on July 01, 2021, in order to take public comment on the closure of open burning in Ravalli County; and

    WHEREAS, the Ravalli County Fire Warden recommends restricting open burning in the interest of public health and safety for the County of Ravalli;

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the BOARD OF RAVALLI COUNTY COMMISSIONERS shall prohibit open burning in Ravalli County through the Ravalli County Burn Permit System and closure of the Burn Permit System is hereby effective Friday, July 02, 2021 at 12:01 AM until further notice.

     

    PASSED AND APPROVED THIS 01st DAY OF JULY, 2021.

    BOARD OF RAVALLI COUNTY COMMISSIONERS


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  3. RESOLUTION NO. 4296

    STAGE II RESTRICTIONS WITHIN RAVALLI COUNTY

    WHEREAS, the BOARD OF RAVALLI COUNTY COMMISSIONERS established a Ravalli County local fire season on February 18, 2021, as per Resolution No. 4239; and

    WHEREAS, the BOARD OF RAVALLI COUNTY COMMISSIONERS passed Resolution No. 4260 on July 1, 2021, which restricted open burning in the County; and

    WHEREAS, fire danger in the Bitterroot Valley area is now at extreme levels; the Missoula Area Restrictions and Closures Plan identifies this as a primary decision criterion to consider Stage 2 restrictions; 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 lands 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 of 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, 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. Persons using a cooking device fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off, or, within the confines of residential use, 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 infrastructure, public utilities and railroads

    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 and grounds maintenance

    11. Construction site activities on private lands, including construction of roads, utilities, and residential or commercial structures, if:

    Fire extinguisher or fire suppression equipment is immediately available.

    12. Operations of private businesses to the extent that this resolution compels the private business to deny a customer of the private business access to the premises or access to goods or services, or denies a customer of a private business the ability to access goods or services provided by the private business, pursuant to 7-5-121 (2) MCA.

    IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution becomes effective Tuesday, July 20, 2021 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 19TH DAY OF JULY, 2021.

    BOARD OF RAVALLI COUNTY COMMISSIONERS