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Be Prepared For Fire Danger

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Recreation

With several 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.

"If you're planning to hike, camp, or fish use caution for the remainder of the summer," said Ron Aasheim, FWP's spokesman in Helena. "Above all be careful with fire."

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 build campfires only in established, metal fire rings where permitted.
  • Drive only on established roads. Take care to ensure that exhaust and emission systems are in good repair.
  • Don't stop or park vehicles over grass or brush.

For the latest statewide drought and fire information, visit FWP online at fwp.mt.gov., then Click "Fire & Drought Updates."