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Fire crews respond to multiple illegal burns after outdoor burning permits closed for season

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Despite a ban on outdoor burning in place since last Tuesday, emergency officials in the area have already responded to multiple illegal burns in the area.

The Missoula County Fire Protection Association is very concerned with the illegal burning that's been going on in Missoula.

With conditions becoming dry and hot, any open fire could tempt fire season to come sooner.

Missoula County sits in moderate fire danger; any illegal outdoor burning is a huge risk.

Chris Johnson with the Missoula County Fire Prevention Association said firefighters around the area have already responded to at least a dozen calls.

"Most of the burns that we have responded to have not been called into activate their burn permit, as they should. They have just gone ahead and burned the pile, thinking it was probably safe,” said Johnson.

Johnson added folks are doing the right thing with burning brush, but at the wrong time.

With the amount of precipitation that fell this spring, dry and hot temperatures can quickly turn that green grass into fire fuel.

“Grass is the primary carrier and that is the biggest problem with the burning piles. Usually, piles are set up next to grass and if someone leaves them unattended, while they're still burning they hit that grass and they'll go as fast as the wind can carry them,” said Johnson.

However, it's not just Missoula agencies responding.

Fire officials with the Lolo National Forest and the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation all respond to these calls. 

With this it creates problems that could be avoided, if people would adhere to burning regulations.

"That's dozen of miles of folks driven out of a station just like this one. To put not only their lives driving out but folks going through intersections hot and running code. It puts a lot a lot people at risk,” said Johnson.

Johnson told ABC FOX Montana while Montana has yet to see any major fires; crews in the area aren't taking a break.

Several fire crews are coming back to the treasure state, after fighting fires in multiple states across the western U.S.

For more information on fire danger or burn permits click here

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