The continued hot and dry weather has prompted area fire officials to once again hike the fire danger in west-central Montana.
Stage II fire restrictions will go into effect on federal, tribal, state, and private lands in the Missoula area at 12:01 AM on Thursday, July 27. The latest on fire restrictions can be found here.
The purpose of Stage II is to reduce the risk of human-caused fires during periods of extreme fire danger. Critical fire conditions: dry fuels, hot temperatures, low humidity, and high winds are expected to persist.
State, county, and private jurisdictions implementing restrictions:
*Granite County lands north of I-90.
**Powell County lands north of I-90. Powell County is not implementing Stage II Restrictions on private lands that are not classified ‘Forested.’
Missoula Fire Chief Jason Diehl and Mayor John Engen have decided to join federal, state and county officials in moving to Stage II restrictions because of continuing dry conditions and hot weather.
"If conditions continue, we may consider closures of certain areas," Diehl said. Further restrictions may involve closures of public lands but most likely will be recreational "hoot owl" closures beginning in the afternoons.
Under STAGE II the Following Acts are prohibited:
The following acts are prohibited from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. except as otherwise described below:
Exemptions to Stage II Restrictions: