Remember Fire Safety this 4th of July

A friendly reminder from our partners:

The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation seeks the public’s help to be “Fire Smart” over the Fourth of July and throughout the summer.SmokeyFireSafety2

Please remember that fireworks are prohibited on all state and federal lands. Exploding targets available for sale to recreational shooters are also considered a pyrotechnic product and are included under these restrictions.

Contact your local fire department to determine local restrictions. Anyone who causes a wildland fire intentionally or through negligence will be held accountable for damage and suppression costs.

The smallest spark has the potential to start a wildfire and cause significant damage. Never leave a campfire unattended, always crush cigarettes dead out, ensure that your vehicle has a properly installed spark arrester that is operational, and stop and park only in areas clear of vegetation.

For those who are camping over the 4th of July, remember to extinguish campfires properly with water and dirt until coals are cool to the touch.

Always be prepared: carry a shovel, bucket and fire extinguisher. Anyone operating haying and harvesting equipment should be especially vigilant and have a fire extinguisher, shovel, and water with them.

To report wildfires, call 911.

And for more information about the DNRC, visit: http://dnrc.mt.gov/Forestry/Fire/Default.asp

 

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