Drought & Fire
Fri Jul 27 08:55:00 MDT 2012
With more than 30 Montana counties under official fire restrictions, recreationists need to be prepared to prevent wildfires statewide.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds everyone who plans to be outdoors to be cautious of fire danger on public and private lands.
"We're urging all recreationists to exercise caution with regard to fire danger for the remainder of the summer," said Ron Aasheim, FWP's chief of communications and education. "Above all be careful."
Aasheim noted that summertime recreationists need to be prepared to prevent wildfires. FWP suggests that everyone:
- Carry in vehicles a shovel, bucket, axe, and, if possible, a garden-type weed sprayer full of water.
- Restrict camping activities to designated camping areas and check the fire restrictions before building any campfires.
- Drive only on established roads. Take care to ensure that catalytic converters and mufflers are in good repair.
- Do not stop or park vehicles over grass or brush.
For the latest statewide drought and fire information, visit FWP online at fwp.mt.gov. Click "Fire & Drought Updates."