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Fire Season Extendend Indefinitely

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Typically, Montana’s wildfire season would officially end on September 30, but a new proclamation from Montana DNRC Director Mary Sexton and Forestry Division Administrator Bob Harrington will extend Montana’s fire season indefinitely.

Hot dry temperatures and lack of precipitation have prolonged danger in the forest, and according to director Sexton things have actually become worse over the last week. Sexton says the problem isn’t just in nature either, “We’re responding to new human-caused wildfires and we still have some larger fires, such as Sawtooth, Condon Mountain, and the Millie Fire, which are going to be with us until winter.”

The extended fire season allows counties to continue to require burn permits as well as restrict burning on private and public lands. It will likely take a severe change in weather with either snow or rain to bring Montana’s wildfire season to an end.

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