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Federal, state and local government wildland fire agencies in west-central Montana will rescind Stage 1 fire restrictions on Friday.

A complete list of counties that are rescinding restrictions is available at firerestrictions.us. Stage 1 restrictions prohibit campfires, except at specific sites, and smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area of at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

Missoula and Ravalli counties are maintaining their bans on outdoor debris burning, and residents of other counties should consult local authorities regarding debris and agricultural permits.

Even though the restrictions will be lifted Friday, higher than normal temperatures are expected this week and the public is advised to maintain vigilance when extinguishing campfires and smoking outdoors. Campfires should be cold to the touch before they can be safely left unattended, and cigarettes should be disposed of properly.

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Permanent Stage 1 restrictions remain in effect for Flathead Reservation lands along the Flathead River corridor from below Kerr Dam downstream to near Perma. This is in response to a long-standing problem of wildfires originating from abandoned campfires along the banks of the river. The restrictions apply to lands within one-quarter mile of the high-water mark on either bank.

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