Fire Danger Rising in the South Central Zone

Contact: Kerry O’Connell, South Central Zone Media Coordinator

Date: August 17, 2013

Fire Danger Rising in the South Central Zone

The fire danger has been rising steadily in recent weeks. Federal land management agencies around the region have raised their fire danger level to “Very High.” With Very High fire danger any fire start can spread quickly. Federal, State, and County agencies urge the public to use caution during high fire danger.

When having a campfire:

  • Clear the area around your fire.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Make sure the fire is dead out and cold to the touch before you leave.

If your area still allows open burning:

  • Use your local burn permit system to let agencies know you are burning.
  • Be aware of weather conditions. If weather conditions or the forecast is unfavorable, postpone your burning to a later date.
  • Keep firefighting tools and water close at hand.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and other combustibles such as buildings or vehicles.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.

All agencies in the South Central Zone urge the public to be aware that human life, homes, crops, livestock, and wildlife are all at stake when a fire gets out of control.

(The South Central Zone includes all of Gallatin and Park Counties, and parts of Meagher and Madison Counties and the Federal, State, and Local agencies responsible for fire protection. Agencies include the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Yellowstone National Park, MT DNRC, MT FW&P, and County fire agencies in Gallatin, Park, Meagher, and Madison Counties.)

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