MISSOULA — A return to warmer and drier weather has prompted Missoula County fire protection agencies to again raise the fire danger level to “high” effective immediately. Additionally, fall outdoor burning has also been closed.
“While the rain last month helped slow our local fire behavior, wildfires are still actively burning in other states and sending smoke our way. In addition, some nearby fires have woken up due to increased heat and sunshine, and communities near those fires are experiencing air quality impacts,” noted Missoula City-County Health Department Air Quality Specialist Sarah Coefield.
Missoula County has had 113 wildland fires so far this year with 65% being human-caused. Illegal debris burning is the leading cause, according to a news release.
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