Due to the extended heat wave and very dry conditions throughout the county, Missoula County Commissioners will institute Stage II fire restrictions on Saturday, July 17.
Office of Emergency Management Director Adriane Beck provides details.
“On Tuesday of this week, we asked the county commissioners to send an emergency proclamation for wildfire conditions in Missoula County,” said Beck. “As I think you covered we did tip into extreme fire danger, and as a follow on to that, today at the at the commissioners meeting, we asked them to implement stage two fire restrictions beginning on Saturday morning, July 17th.”
Beck provided some background to the commissioners’ decision.
“Essentially, the public needs to understand that we’re really trying to do is prohibit activities that could very likely cause a human caused fire. The conditions out there right now are very dry very hot. We have some fire on the ground and our firefighting resources are limited and so we don’t want to add any additional fires to the landscape with human activity.”
Beck detailed the restrictions actions during Stage II.
“Stage II restrictions make all campfires prohibited; smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or in an area that is barren, such as dirt, or a gravel parking