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Fire officials warn of fall fire dangers

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MISSOULA -

The temperature may feel like fall, but fire danger is still high.

The Missoula Rural Fire District responded to a grass fire at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night near Miller Creek.

Bystanders were able to contain the fire before crews arrived.

Fire officials said although that's not advised, the situation could've been much worse without their help.

ABC FOX Montana spoke with fire crews Tuesday for tips on minimizing fire danger right now.

Fire officials said people can help by keeping an eye on fire danger and fire restrictions.

Also, people should be aware of equipment that may spark a fire, like chain saws and lawn mowers.

Fall season is almost here, which means it's slowly starting to cool down.

Missoula Rural Fire district Officials said stage two restrictions are no longer in place but that doesn't mean fire danger has gone down, in fact, it still remains high.

Firefighters said this transition into fall worries them, too often they find people are trying to burn like they would in the spring.

"When they look at the weather and the fall is changing...we're getting cool nights...where maybe you can't even leave your window open at night anymore, because it's that cold. We let our guard down and we think "oh it's okay now" because you know, most of us enjoy camping and having camp fires and that sort of thing…,” said Blaine Cowan, Battalion Chief of Missoula Rural Fire District.

Fall season burns are only available to people with agricultural and prescribed wildland burning needs.

As for spring, usually around March 1st is when people can start burning their yard debris.

Fire officials said they usually see fire danger go down in October or November when temperature start to freeze.

For more information on fire danger and fire restrictions click here

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