For Immediate Release Contact: Kerry O’Connell
3-31-2015, 10:30 AM Phone: 406-582-2085
Several fire districts in the Valley have closed open burning in their jurisdictions due to the Red Flag Warning for our area today. These districts plan to reopen burning as soon as the weather makes it safer for controlled burns. The current forecast states that the weather will change by the end of the week. Burning will only reopen in these areas if the forecasted weather makes a difference to current weather conditions. If you have any questions, please call your local fire department.
The following fire districts are closed as of 10 AM today.
- Amsterdam Rural Fire District
- Belgrade City
- Central Valley Fire District
- Clarkston Fire Service Area
- Fort Ellis Fire Service Area
- Gallatin Gateway Rural Fire District
- Gallatin River Ranch Rural Fire District
- Gallatin County Fire
- Manhattan Rural and City
- Rae Fire Service Area
- Sourdough Rural Fire District
- Three Forks Rural and City
- Willow Creek Rural District
Residents are reminded that when burning reopens, they should be extremely cautious when they burn. The current lack of moisture in the ground and in the vegetation creates conditions where fires can escape quickly. People should always have a water source nearby and monitor the fire closely. Immediately call 911 if your fire escapes your intended boundaries.
Permits can be activated at http://burnpermit.mt.gov if your fire district is still allowing open burning.