Contact Us

Missoula County in Extreme Fire Danger After Nearly 20 Human Caused Fires in One Week

fire danger
Photo courtesy of BenSpark/Flickr

Missoula County has now reached the highest fire danger level possible with a new “extreme” fire danger declaration by the Missoula County Fire Protection Association.

MCFPA Spokesman Chris Johnson says human caused fires are stretching firefighting resources to the limit.

“I work for Lolo National Forest and specifically we have had six up on the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribal Grounds,” said Johnson. “They had 13 human caused fires last week. It is something that the public has to help us out with. We are responding very effectively to all of them right now, but throw in the work load of some lightening strikes and we will be stretched very thin.”

This year’s fire season is on pace to be one of the worst in recent memory.

“This year, compared to last year, we are about a month ahead of the conditions that we had in 2012,” said Johnson. “Those of your listeners who remember 2007 when we had the Blackcat Fire in Missoula and the Jocko Lakes Fire up in Seely Lake, those conditions are really, essentially mirrored right now on our national forest and through out Missoula county.”

The extreme fire danger designation will help in bringing out-of-state fire fighting resources to Missoula county, however, Johnson says that even those resources may be difficult to come by with all of the extreme fires raging in multiple states.

Chris Johnson

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Best of the Blaze

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for The Blaze Rock Mob quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive The Blaze Rock Mob contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.