Posted: Aug 30, 2012 5:06 AM by Governor Press Office
Updated: Aug 30, 2012 5:06 AM
Governor Schweitzer issued an Executive Order on Wednesday, declaring a statewide fire emergency.
With fire danger levels ranging from high to extreme across the state, Governor Brian Schweitzer asked Montanans and out-of-state visitors to remain extra cautious during their outdoor activities and follow all local fire restrictions.
"There's no definitive end in sight for our above-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation," said Governor Schweitzer. "Fuels are bone dry. This fire season could last through September, maybe longer, and we need to take every precaution until it's over."
The public is asked to avoid fire areas if possible to minimize traffic. Please do not stop along the road to observe aircraft and remember to use headlights in smoky areas. Fire manages urge Montanans and our summer guests to be aware of fires in the area and when possible avoid traveling in those areas where fire fighters and their equipment need clear use of sometimes limited roadways. Specific information about Montana fires can be found at www.inciweb.org