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Sportsmen Urged To Continue Fire Awareness

Recreation News - Region 7

Tue Aug 13 13:53:00 MDT 2013

MILES CITY, Mont. -- Everyone appreciates a safe and fire-free fall hunting experience. The 2013 fall hunting season is a few weeks away and the early archery-hunting season begins mid-August. Landowners and land management agencies are concerned about fire danger despite the recent rains our area has experienced. “Things dry out faster than we think;” commented John Ensign, Region 7 Wildlife Manager, “and the landscape across Montana can be dry while containing a heavy fuel load of grass from spring and summer moisture.” Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is urging hunters to be fire aware to avoid starting a fire.

These simple common sense guidelines will reduce the chance of a human caused fire:

  • Don't drive off road.
  • Don't park over dry grass. A vehicle's catalytic converter or exhaust system can spark a fire. Find a bare spot along the roadside to park.
  • Carry a shovel, axe, water and, if possible, a fire extinguisher.
  • When requesting permission to hunt, discuss the fire threat with the landowner to show you are aware of the problem and will act accordingly.
  • Know what fire-use restrictions apply to the location you intend to hunt or camp. Check online or call the local land management agency, county commissioner or the local fire department.

Information about fire restrictions is available on the FWP website at Click Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings. For the status of ongoing fires visit the online source for fire information at