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Fire danger hiked to "very high" in Missoula County

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Posted at 7:10 AM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 09:10:06-04

MISSOULA — Our continued hot and dry weather has prompted fire managers to hike the fire danger in Missoula County to "very high."

The Missoula County Fire Protection Association (MCFPA) notes that very high fire danger means that fires start easily from all causes, and immediately spread rapidly and increase quickly in intensity.

There are no new fire restrictions at this time and outdoor burning by permit remains closed in Missoula County as well as in our surrounding counties.

People are being urged to use extra caution when outdoors due to the dry fuels and to click here to learn of fire restrictions that are in place throughout Montana.

The MCFPA notes that more than 60% of Missoula area fires are human-caused.

Click here to learn more about preventing wildfires in Western Montana.