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Feb 28, 2013 10:18 PM by Dax VanFossen - KAJ News

Northwest Montana open burning season starting

KALISPELL - Open burning season in Montana starts on Friday and fire managers are asking people to use common sense.

Officials say to call your local county health department to find out about any air quality restrictions before you burn. Residents of Lewis and Clark, Missoula, Lincokln and Flathead counties are especially advised to be careful about air quality.

Although it's too early to tell, Flathead-area fire manager Lincoln Chute says they do have some concern about the upcoming fire season.

"I think this year, we need to be concerned that we didn't get the moisture in the valley this year. You know we got 15 inches of snowfall in the valley this year versus an average in the 40s. So it's gonna be a little drier, you know the grass is stood up nice and tall so it's going to create a lot longer flame length."

Chute said right now the fire concern is grass fire, which uncontrolled burns tend to ignite.

For more information, visit the state's site at www.deq.mt.gov.

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