Montana responders raise level of preparedness for fires

Posted at 8:10 AM, Aug 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-09 10:10:02-04

BILLINGS- An interagency firefighting group has raised its level of preparedness for all of Montana to fight wildfires.

The Missoula-based Northern Rockies Coordination Center raised the level to three, which indicates a boost in resources to ensure enough are available to fight fires statewide.

In the Northern Rockies region, those levels are derived from a two-tiered approach:

  • What is occurring? This can include the fire’s activity and what kind of teams and resources are available.
  • What could occur? That measures the fire’s potential and the fire’s danger to surrounding communities.

Several areas of the state — including western and northwestern Montana — are now under "extreme" fire danger with State I and Stage II fire restrictions in place to try and prevent human-caused fires.

Click here for information on current fire restrictions in Montana.