Those planning camping trips should also follow these fire safety tips:
· Keep campfires small, and completely extinguish them before leaving camp. The best method is to douse the fire with water, stir the ashes and douse again, making sure that all ashes are cold to the touch.
· Charcoal should be soaked in water after use.
· Smokers should light up only in areas cleared of all flammable debris. Dispose of cigarette butts appropriately.
· Bring along a bucket and shovel.
Those exploring the forests and back country in vehicles must stay on established roads and trails and avoid driving over dry grass and brush that could be ignited by hot exhaust systems. Firewood cutters should operate chainsaws in the cool morning hours and keep a shovel and fire extinguisher nearby. Chainsaws must be equipped with spark arresters.
Information on current fire dangers is available from any office of the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Local fire departments also have information on current fire dangers or go online to: http://firerestrictions.us.