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Miles City Area Press Release Updated: July 15, 2016 (2 months, 3 weeks ago)

Long days of abundant sunshine and limited rainfall means that grasses, shrubs and even trees are drying out in the Northern Rockies and Great Plains.

Whether outside for work or play, individuals need to be careful so their actions don’t accidentally spark a wildfire.

Something as simple as driving or parking a vehicle with a hot muffler in high, dry grass can start a fire. So can the use of powered equipment without a proper spark arrester. Use established fire rings or grills and make sure your campfire or charcoal briquettes are put dead out. Smoking should be restricted to open areas such as pavement or dirt. Check with your local city and county for information on their policy for campfires/burn barrels. Always check information boards at campgrounds and trail heads and agency websites for policies within that recreational area.

The public is encouraged to be on the lookout for fires and to report these new starts. To report wildfires call the Miles City Interagency Dispatch at 406-233-2900. The public should always dial 911 for emergencies. More fire information can be found at http://www.wildcad.net/WCMT-MCC.htm. For the latest BLM news and updates visit us on the web at www.blm.gov/mt, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BLMMontana , or follow us on Twitter @BLMMTDKs and @BLMMTDK_Fire.

Remember the smallest spark has the potential to cause significant damage, so please do your part to prevent wildfires: One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire.

Miles City Area Information Updated: July 21, 2016 (2 months, 2 weeks ago)

Fuel conditions are dry across the Eastern Montana area and it only takes one spark to start a wildfire. Ranchers, farmers, and recreationists are reminded to help prevent wildfires. Check with your local city and county for information on their policy for campfires/burn barrels. Always check information boards at campgrounds and trail heads and agency websites for policies within that recreational area. • Stay on designated roads and trails on public lands • Avoid driving and parking in dry grass and sagebrush • Check for loose trailer chains and any items that could drag causing a spark • Ensure spark arrestors are working properly on off-road vehicles and chainsaws
• Check and maintain your vehicles and equipment • Keep equipment clean from the build-up of chaff and dust • Never leave a campfire or burn barrel unattended • Extinguish fires until cold to the touch

Make certain you have plenty of water, a fire extinguisher and shovel with you. If a fire starts call 911 immediately, since fire resources may be traveling along distance to get on scene. Remember, One Less Spark means One Less Wildfire!