Posted: Oct 16, 2012 4:08 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center
Updated: Oct 17, 2012 12:29 PM
MISSOULA- The rains and recent cooler weather have prompted officials to drop the fire danger level in Missoula County to "low."
The Missoula County Fire Protection Association issued the announcement on Tuesday, adding that outdoor burning permits will once again be issued starting on Wednesday.
Missoula County permits for agricultural or prescribed wildland burning are the only type of permits available in Missoula County this time of year, and are available online or at local fire departments for $5. Folks with existing agricultural or prescribed wildland permits from this spring can activate them at www.burnpermit.mt.gov.
Fire officials are issuing a reminder that burners must activate their permit each day they want to burn by visiting www.burnpermit.mt.gov or by calling 1.888.583.6497. Missoula's air quality determines if folks can burn on any given day, and the activation process provides information on current restrictions.
Burners will be held responsible for burns that get away from them and cause damage to their neighbors, according to a news release.