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Fire Danger Back to HIGH in Missoula County, Outdoor Permit Burning Remains CLOSED

Post Date:10/07/2015 3:04 PM
Fire Danger Back to HIGH in Missoula County
Outdoor Permit Burning Remains CLOSED

October 7, 2015, 9:00 AM- Missoula, Montana – Interagency wildland fire officials with
the Missoula County Fire Protection Association (MCFPA) have announced the need to return
to HIGH fire danger within Missoula County, effective immediately.

Persistent high temperatures coupled with a lack of precipitation across the county has
extended fire season. Cured grasses are a primary carrier of fire in the wildland, and when fires
are blown by winds in these fine fuels they can spread out of control rapidly. The lack of
seasonal precipitation has kept heavier fuels on the forest floor abnormally dry, adding to the
challenge for first responders when trying to quickly suppress new starts with fewer firefighters
on shift this time of year.

Outdoor debris burning by permit has been closed for some time now, and needs to remain
closed until the area receives adequate rainfall. Missoula County residents and wildland
firefighters have endured a long, arduous fire season. Fire managers want to extend their
thanks to the public for their efforts aimed at preventing human-caused fires.

While there are no additional fire restrictions currently, MCFPA urges hunters and campers to
be very cautious with campfires. Campfires should not be left unattended at any time until
they are cool to the touch. Folks can keep up-to-date on conditions by liking Missoula County
Fire Protection Association on Facebook, and by browsing our webpage: www.mcfpa.org.
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