Protecting People, Homes & Natural Resources | SW Montana
FIRE CAUSE AWARENESS &
Always Be Alert
c) Missoula County Fire Protection Association 2011-16
NO Outdoor Burning Allowed
THANK YOU for wanting to learn about unplanned wildfire in western Montana.
Humans cause most wildfires. Lightning
storms produce a share of ignitions, but here on this uniquely fire planet of ours, people are very effective at causing
costly to control, unplanned, landscape-scale fire.
The #1 cause of wildfire in Missoula County, Montana, is escaped
Other causes of wildfire: fireworks, burning cigarette butts, lawn mowers in rocky, dry grass, chainsaws,
off-road vehicles. The list goes on. All it takes is fuel, heat, oxygen and a heartbeat of time and voila:
Just One Spark
So it's important to recognize a situation where you could cause a fire without even trying and prevent
Missoula County -
FIRE CAUSE AWARENESS & SAFETY TIPS
locals can burn vegetation in PILES in the Spring. Rural / forest landowners can use wildland
fire in the Spring & Fall. To help fire agencies regulate this tool, we ask users to activate permits daily:
Go / No Go as
conditions (wind, temps, etc) allow.
A regularly watered lawn can retard the spread of flames from a nearby wildfire. If you can't keep a greenbelt, make sure vegetation
is maintained at its lowest height. For maximum safety, do this work well before fire season.
FIRESAFE MOWING TIPS
1) In cured grass, forgo a lawn mower blade; use a stringed weed-whacker.
2) Water soak the outside
edge of the area and work before 10 am. Keep water source and tools, such as a shovel, on hand.
3) Use a spotter,
someone who can immediately call 9-1-1 while you try to suppress the ignition.
SAFE CAMPFIRES are small campfires contained in a fire pit in an area clear of vegetation. Use mimimum amount
of small-diameter fuel to avoid lofting sparks and to assure quicker cooling ash. Make sure your ash is cold to the touch. Read
more campfire tips from the Smokey Bear website.