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State Fire Officials Urge Montanans to Celebrate Safely this Independence Day


July 1, 2022 



Julia Berkey  
Community Preparedness and Wildfire Prevention 



State Fire Officials Urges Montanans to Celebrate Safely this Independence Day 


MISSOULA, Mont. – As the Fourth of July approaches, fire officials at the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation remind Montanans and visitors to celebrate safely and be aware of fire danger across the state.  

While precipitation across the state this spring reduced fire risk, conditions are now changing and firefighting resources are responding to wildfires. Weekend weather forecasts include hot temperatures and strong winds, creating conditions where a fire could start easily, spread quickly, and burn intensely.  

"In Montana, 8 out of 10 wildfires are human-caused,” said Matt Hall, DNRC Fire Protection Bureau Chief. “While we can’t control the weather, we can control our actions. Please do your part to keep our homes, communities, and firefighters safe this holiday weekend. " 

Hall advised taking a few simple actions to protect themselves, their families, and the lands we all share.  

  • Obey all fireworks restrictions. Remember, fireworks are prohibited on state and federal lands. 
  • Take extreme caution if using fireworks or lighting recreational fires this weekend.  
  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public, community-sponsored display.  
  • If you choose to light fireworks yourself, please light them one at a time and move away quickly.  
  • Once fireworks are done burning, douse them in water and make sure they are cool to the touch before putting them in the trash.  
  • Keep water and safety equipment on hand in case of a fire start from a firework.  
  • Don’t be afraid to call for help if a start burns quickly and the fire escapes. 


“We are relying on everyone to do their part to prevent wildfire starts. Before you head outdoors this holiday weekend, please make sure you are aware of and observe fire restrictions,” said Hall. 

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