Posted: Jul 3, 2013 4:41 PM by MTN News
Updated: Jul 3, 2013 5:06 PM
Representatives with the Forest Service are reminding people fireworks are banned on all national forest and public lands.
Around this time last year Montana was experiencing a lot of fire activity, according to Leona Rodreick with the Beaverhead National Forest Service.
The Bear Trap 2 Fire west of Bozeman was caused by a firework, Rodreick said. It consumed more than 15,000 acres.
The Forest Service is doing what they can to prevent unnecessary forest fires. People should make sure their cigarette butts are completely out. And make sure their camp fires are cool to the touch before they leave an area.
"While it may not seem as dry this year, it won't take much more for it to dry out,"Rodreick said. "We just want people to be cautious and think about what they do with any kind of fire while they are out recreating on National Forest lands."
It cost $1.2 million to fight the Bear Trap 2 Fire last summer.