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Missoula County moves to moderate fire danger, immediately

By Associated Press
Published On: Jul 01 2013 01:26:18 PM MDT
Updated On: Jul 01 2013 01:33:24 PM MDT
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MISSOULA, Mont. -

The following is a press release from MCFPA:

The Missoula County Fire Protection Association (MCFPA), in conjunction with federal, state, and local wildland fire suppression agencies, the Missoula County Office of Emergency Management and Missoula City/County Health Department officials, has closed open burning in Missoula County, effective July 3, 2013, 12:01 am. Effective immediately, fire danger risk has been elevated to Moderate in Missoula County.

MCFPA President Matt Hall explains that while outdoor burning has been closed until further notice, the public can still have campfires (except in areas where they are prohibited). He urges, however, to USE EXTRA CAUTION as we continue to experience dry and unseasonably hot conditions. All campfires should be cool to the touch before left unattended.

Montana firefighters are supporting suppression efforts throughout the west, including New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado, therefore local firefighting resources are limited. Extra caution when engaging in activities with the potential to start a wildfire is advised. People who have recently burned debris piles need to ensure their piles are extinguished and, like campfires, cool to the touch before they are left unattended.

For more information, visit the Missoula County Fire Protection Association website at www.mcfpa.org and like us on Facebook.