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Firefighters Stress the Importance of Responsible Burning

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It did rain a little bit in Bozeman Monday, but it is still very dry and people still need to be careful when burning. ABC FOX Montana spoke to Joe Kitowski a firefighter with the Bozeman Fire Department who could not stress that enough.

“It is fire season. With these warm temperatures we've been having and lack of moisture everybody can tell driving around the valley everything is starting to turn yellow and dry out quite a bit,” said Kitowski.

With the lightening started Lava Lake fire still burning after three days, fire fighters across the state are reminding everyone that human started fires are just as likely.

Kitowski said, “If you do have a recreational fire keep it small don't leave it unattended. Make sure it is totally out afterwards.”

It's small fires like that that could potentially spread into a larger fire if not careful.

"We're definitely worried about embers and that kind of stuff. Wind comes up, blows them into an empty vacant lot or in your neighbor's yard, that is the stuff we're really worried about,” explained Kitowski.

Over the past weekend there has been a spike in fires caused by lightning and Kitowski says those are sometimes more dangerous as they sometimes are not quickly detected.

Kitowski said, "Sometimes they may take a while to show, sometimes it can be several hours to a day later and all of a sudden it just pops up. The sooner firefighters have knowledge of a fire the better."

"If anybody is out in the back country area or even in the city notice something somewhere don't be afraid to call. The best thing to do is to notify people early."

Currently, there are no burning bans in the city of Bozeman and the fire department is still issuing burning permits. To learn more about obtaining a permit contact the Bozeman Fire Department at (406) 582-2350.

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