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Sep 20, 2011 10:29 AM by Angela Marshall (KPAX News)

Fire restrictions being eased in Western Montana

MISSOULA - The recent moist weather that's hit western Montana has lessened the threat of wildfires, prompting West Central Interagency Wildland fire managers to cancel the Stage One Fire Restrictions beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday.

The change affects Flathead, Lake, Mineral, Missoula, Powell, Ravalli, Granite, Deer Lodge and Silver Bow counties. But, people interested in burning debris within those areas must check with their local authorities regarding open burning regulations.

However, Stage One Fire Restrictions remain in effect along the Flathead River corridor on Flathead Indian Reservation lands.

That means campfires not in designated, developed recreation sites, as well as smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or in an area of at least three feet in diameter cleared of all flammable materials are still prohibited.

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