Posted: Jul 28, 2012 8:36 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center
HELENA- The dry and hot summer weather that's been sticking around the Treasure State has Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials reminding folks headed outdoors to use some extra care.
More than 30 Montana counties are under official fire restrictions and that means recreationists need to be prepared to prevent wildfires. FWP officials say anyone who plans to be outdoors needs to be aware of the wildfire danger.
"We're urging all recreationists to exercise caution with regard to fire danger for the remainder of the summer," said Ron Aasheim, FWP's chief of communications and education. "Above all be careful."
Aasheim noted that summertime recreationists need to be prepared to prevent wildfires and should carry a shovel, bucket, axe, and, if possible, a garden-type weed sprayer full of water in their vehicle.
Folks also need to stay in designated camping areas, check the fire restrictions before building any campfires, drive only on established roads and make sure catalytic converters and mufflers are in good repair. Drivers also should not stop or park vehicles over grass or brush.
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