Farm and Ranch Work

Constructing your warming fire:

  • Clear away all leaves and other combustibles from your fire circle.
  • Do not build a fire underneath overhanging branches, against a stump, or directly on organic matter.
  • Stash your firewood a safe distance upwind of your fire.
  • Never leave your fire unattended.
  • If you are visiting from out-of-state, please use local firewood to prevent the spread of invasive forest pests. Visit Don’t Move Firewood 

Here you will find a variety of resources available for your use. Whether you are a citizen wanting to learn how you can prevent wildfires, a fire professional, or a teacher seeking resources to utilize in the classroom. We hope that the available information is helpful to you. If you do not find something you are looking for feel free to contact Crystal Beckman 406.542.4251 for assistance.

Fall Burning

Extinguishing your warming fire:

  • Drown the fire with water. Make sure all embers, coals and sticks are wet.
  • Stir the remains, add more water and stir again. Be sure all burned material has been extinguished and cooled. If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough soil or sand with the embers. Continue adding and stirring until all material is cooled.
  • Feel all materials with your bare hand. Make sure that no roots are burning. Do not bury your coals.
  • If you used charcoal briquettes, "dunk ' em!" Don't sprinkle them around. Soak the coals with water; stir them and soak again. Be sure they are out cold. Carefully feel the coals with your bare hands to be sure they are cold to the touch.



Fall Fire Prevention

Fall weather and hunting season are in the air, if we are not careful smoke can be as well. Firefighters want to remind you that vegetation is dry and wildfires can occur. Do your part to ensure that you do not start a wildfire. Before constructing a fire, check local fire restrictions and weather conditions. Be responsible and incorporate these tips to have a safe and enjoyable fire:


Take Action is a campaign that provides resources and projects that benefit young adults, their families and neighbors, along with pets, horses and even local water sources. Get involved through an individual or family project, or do a community service project that reduces wildfire risks, or post-fire impacts like flooding and mudslides. 

Learn why you should get involved and become empowered! Share the Wildfire Facts, Community Service and Pets/Horses videos with your friends and start making plans that will make you, your pets and entire neighborhood better prepared for a future wildfire. Click Here or on the above image for more information and resources.