Citing high-risk for new wildfire starts heading into the weekend, Governor Steve Bullock is encouraging Montanans to take precautions and prevent unwanted human-caused fires.
“Montana firefighters need your help in preventing the next major wildfire,” said Governor Bullock. “Let’s show our appreciation for the hard work of firefighters and emergency personnel by observing all restrictions, heeding the warnings of officials, and staying vigilant.”
Over the next 48 hours, officials are warning of potential high-risk for new wildfire starts due to possible lightning and thunderstorms and gusty winds.
Each year, approximately 60 percent of all wildfires in Montana are caused by people. Montanans are encouraged to take the following steps to avoid starting new wildfires:
- Do not build campfires in areas where they have been prohibited. Use a fire ring. Never leave a fire unattended. Keep a shovel and bucket handy. Drown, stir, and feel. Make sure it is cold to the touch.
- Observe the fire restrictions in your area.
- Do not engage in any open burning at this time.
- Watch for equipment sparks. Maintain spark arrestors. Blades can throw sparks.
- Avoid parking on dry grass. Properly maintain equipment. Have proper tools on hand.
- Check trailer chains to ensure they are not dragging.
Montanans can find fire restrictions in their area at www.firerestrictions.us.