Western Montana wildfire season not over yet

  • Source: KPAX-TV CBS/CW+ 8 Missoula
  • Published: 10/26/2021 09:21 AM

Despite the wet, cool weather, fire officials in Missoula County say the fire season is not over with. The Missoula County Fire Protection Association (MCFPA) reports there were eight human-caused wildfires in the county over the past week because of abandoned campfires, illegal debris burning, and careless sparks. They say firefighters have been working long hours, running from one side of the county to the other because of human carelessness. The fire danger in the Missoula area remains at "Moderate" despite the chilly mornings and periods of rain or snow. Additionally, the area is still under severe drought and the precipitation received so far has not been widespread. Missoula County has experienced 185 wildfires this year, with nearly 70% of those caused by humans, according to a news release.


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