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Date:  June 30, 2008
Contact: Mary Apple (406) 896-5258  

Help Prevent Wildland Fire
If you plant to recreate on public land this Fourth of July, leave the fireworks at home. The discharge of fireworks is prohibited on all federal and state lands. 

With high temperatures and minimal new rainfall, it doesn’t take long for the lush growth of spring to turn into a tinderbox. A wildland fire north of Laurel already burned an estimated 25-50 acres this weekend. 

Additional precautions include making sure your campfire is dead out before you leave it, and driving only on roads and trails. Homeowners in fire-prone areas are also reminded to take the necessary steps to help their property become more defensible.

Numerous severe fires in California are already taxing available fire crews and resources nationwide. As fire season picks up in other areas, this limited availability will become even more serious.

Burn permits are generally required for any open burning other than campfires, but there may be additional fire restrictions in your area. Before burning slash piles, ditches, or fields, contact your local fire department or sheriff’s office for more information and to obtain any necessary permits. Anyone who causes a wildland fire intentionally or through negligence will be held accountable for damage and suppression costs.

To learn more about preventing wildland fires, contact the Bureau of Land Management at 406-896-5013, or your local fire department.

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