Remember fire safety this Fourth of July

As you plan your 4th of July festivities, please remember to be “Fire Smart.” Take care not to spark an unwanted wildfire... even the smallest spark has the potential to cause significant damage.

Drought conditions in eastern Montana bring high potential for wildfires. Eastern Land Office Fire Management Officer Randy Sanders for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation said, “With conditions like these it is critical to take every precaution possible when working outdoors and recreating to ensure a wildfire does not start.”

• When harvesting, make certain you have the necessary tools and water close by to suppress a fire: including a fire extinguisher, shovel, and water tank with pump and hose.

• Make sure safety chains, when towing, do not drag, causing sparks.

• Remember that vehicles parked or driven in tall grass can start a fire.

• Never leave a campfire unattended and be sure the coals are cold to the touch before leaving.

Fireworks are prohibited on state and federal lands; some counties and cities may have bans on fireworks, campfires and open burning. Please check with local officials to see if bans are in place in your area.

Do your part this holiday weekend to prevent human-caused fires. One Less Spark, means One Less Wildfire.

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