The fall upland game bird and dove hunting seasons are set to open on September 1. The fire danger is extreme so hunters need to take precautions against starting a prairie fire. During a dry fall the chance of starting a fire is a serious concern to landowners, land management agencies and recreationists. Using common sense and taking a few simple steps to minimize the danger of starting a fire while we use the prairie can save everyone a lot of time, effort and expense. Human caused fires can be avoided.
The landscape across Montana is extremely dry with a heavy fuel load of grass from abundant spring moisture. The trees are very dry so extra precautions are necessary for all of us who use or work in the prairie. We all need to do our part in the prevention of wildland fires by using common sense and being prepared.
The 2006 fall hunting season is just a few days away and the early archery hunting season has already begun. Landowners and land management agencies are concerned, as more folks will be out in the countryside. Following some simple common sense guidelines will reduce the chance of a human caused fire start:
Using common sense will help ensure a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience this fall for you and the landowners. Everyone appreciates a safe and fire-free fall hunting experience.