Summer is fire season in the West. Wildland fires are a part of the natural order, helping forests regenerate by returning nutrients to the soil and clearing undergrowth.
It is safe to visit Montana's public and wild lands during fire season. Typically, the impact of fires is very local and leaves much of Montana’s 94 million acres open for public recreation and use.
For the most up to date information on Montana’s fires click on the link below.
Montana Office of Tourism Fire Update (updated 8/26/2013)
You can enjoy Montana’s outdoor recreation opportunities and avoid creating any human-caused/accidental wild fires by using these simple safety practices:
- Always carry a bucket and shovel.
- Campfires must be built in a ring or other designated fire enclosure and should never be left unattended.
- Cigarettes should be extinguished and disposed of in an appropriate container.
- Make sure you are aware of any fire restrictions in the area.