Arson in the snow


arson tree snowThis is a screen grab of an Instagram photo posted approximately two weeks before today, February 13, 2017.  “406” probably refers to Montana’s area code.

I didn’t know this was a thing. If that is on public land…wrong on so many levels.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

10 thoughts on “Arson in the snow”

  1. I do this all the time, in the winter, on my own property, but not on public lands, – double bubble in my case, fuel reduction around my home, one tree at a time, and ample firewood for next few winters.

  2. Don’t know if this is true, but I heard this is how the Gatlinburg (GSMNP) arsonists were caught. They had taken photos of themselves setting matchbooks on fire and dropping them at The Chimneys, and posted them on Facebook. It was taken down quickly after, but not quickly enough! Sounds like something teenage boys would do.

  3. Specifically, the young Missoulian cycling enthusiast (per Google) appears to have violated 36 CFR 261.5(c): “Causing timber, trees, slash, brush or grass to burn except as authorized by permit.” Punishable by up to a $500 fine and/or up to six months in federal incarceration.

    1. At this point it is unknown if the fire was ignited on federal, state, or private land, so the Code of Federal Regulations may or may not apply. Probably someone will be able to identify the landmarks in the photo and knows where in Montana it was taken.

      1. Yep, that’s why I wrote “appears” — the photo’s subalpine fir combined with Missoula’s surrounding national forest land. Not conclusive . . . yet.

  4. If the stated “406” is a reference to a telephone area code that ropes-in Red Lodge, MT and other Carbon County environs.
    If cross examined I will plead the 5th…

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