Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials reminds hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts that the wildland fire danger is high, with increasing numbers of counties instating Stage I fire restrictions.
Wildfires are burning on roughly 150,000 acres in Montana, according to InciWeb, the public website that provides wildland fire information in the Northern Rockies.
"Hunters and anglers generally know the appropriate precautions to take, what they might not realize is how quickly this fire season is developing," said Ron Aasheim, FWP spokesman. "We are urge hunters, anglers, state parks users and others to go to FWP's website for information on current fire restrictions and updates on wildland fires in Montana."
The FWP website links with InciWeb and the Northern Rockies Coordination Group for information on current and projected fire restrictions. The NRCG is the interagency coordination point for mobilizing resources to fight wildland fires.
"It is also a good idea to keep recreational vehicles loaded with the recommended gear during the next few weeks so it is always at hand," Aasheim said.
FWP also suggests tese steps to minimize the danger of starting a fire while afield.
For more information on wildland fire, go to fwp.mt.gov and click Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings. For the status of ongoing fires, visit the online source for fire information at http://www.inciweb.org.