Below is a press release from the Missoula County Fire Protection Association:
MISSOULA, MT – Hot, dry conditions continue to dry up fuels, prompting Missoula County Fire officials to raise the fire danger level for the Missoula area to VERY HIGH, effective immediately. Very high fire danger means that fires start easily from any cause, spread quickly, and rapidly increase in intensity. There were 11 new wildland fires in the Missoula area last week, only five of which were confirmed to be caused by wildfires/lightning. There are no county fire restrictions at this time, but open burning by permit remains closed in Missoula County as well as surrounding counties. Residents and visitors are urged to take extra care outdoors due to dry fuel and to visit www.MTFireInfo.org to learn about local fire activity and fire restrictions in effect throughout Montana.