Assistant Chief with Missoula City Fire Jeff Brandt says the Memorial Day weekend could be a dangerous one on Western Montana rivers. Brandt says even though there are no flood warnings at this time, the rivers are running high and fast, and rescue personnel remind swimmers and floaters that one man has already drowned in the Clark Fork this month, and to use extreme caution.

Brandt says the lakes in the area will be much safer until the river levels recede. Comments from Assistant Chief Brandt are below.