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Wildfire Awareness Week Prepares the Public for Potential Flames

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Wildfires are already springing up around Montana and our current weather could play a major role in the flames that pop up later in the year.

Spring weather can play a major role in fires that spring up during the summer and fall.  Early rain can hold off fire season until the summer while a dry spring can start it early.

A dry start to our spring followed by a period of wet weather has put us at average for fire potential.  But what does that mean?

We currently have an equal chance for an active fire season as we do for an inactive fire season.  With the combination of rain and dry conditions that we've seen so far, it's still too early to tell.

With some time left to prepare for wildfires, how should we prepare?

Make sure you clean up any potential fire fuel around your houses like logs, branches and sticks.  Also make sure to clean the dry pine needles out of your rain gutters.  When you're out hiking or camping, make sure to completely put out your fires.

The landscape of Big Sky Country has been dealing with fires for a very long time, so should they catch us off guard?

Our plant life is well suited to fires that have occurred all throughout history.  It's up to us to make sure we're prepared for any fires that spring up.

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