Wildfires in Montana are just about as consistent and frequent as road construction during the summer months.

As we head into the hot days of summer, the question always remains: Just how bad is wildfire season expected to be?

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Recently, the governor's office was briefed on what experts believe the fire season will look like this year.

Initially, the outlook looked pretty grim; however, recent rains have greatly benefited much of the Treasure State.

According to the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) and Northern Rockies Coordinating Group (NRCG), a slow ramp-up to the fire season is anticipated, thanks largely to the recent rain.

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Although conditions are expected to begin drying out at our doorstep, fire management officials expect a normal fire season.

Remember that this does not mean we won't have major fires or significant acreage burned during the summer months.

“The state of Montana stands unified and ready this fire season,” Gov. Gianforte said. “It’s important to remember we all have a responsibility to prevent human-caused wildfires. While we cannot control the weather, we can control our actions in order to prevent human-caused fires from occurring in the first place.”

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For current fire information and additional tips on preventing human-caused wildfires, visit https://www.mtfireinfo.org/.

The governor’s 2024 Fire Season Outlook Briefing may be viewed here.

The weather outlook presentation may be viewed here.

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10 Tips To Prevent Wildfires

Smokey The Bear said it best, "only you can prevent wildfires." Well, it's a lot easier said than done, Smokey. Great name for a bear trying to warn us about fire hazards, by the way.

In order to prevent wildfires, you have to first know how they can be prevented. Here are 10 tips provided by the Department Of Interior that will help you in your every day life, so you can enjoy being outside, camping, and having bonfires without it turning into a problem.

Here are their 10 tips, along with some simplified explanations from me.

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