MONTANA, September 7, 2018 – 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:

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 the organic matter.
  • Stash your firewood a safe distance upwind of your fire.
  • Never leave your fire unattended.

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.

Be prepared and responsible.

We can all make a difference in reducing human-caused wildfires.


Ashley Juran |406-542-4280|Montana DNRC|Missoula MT 59804

Sept. 7, 2018

(Big Sky, Mont.)  Thursday afternoon at 4:00 the Gallatin County 911 Center received a call reporting an injured bow-hunter on Buck Ridge South of Big Sky, MT.  The 61 year old man from Indiana had fallen down a steep hill while bow hunting.  During the fall one of his arrows came loose from his quiver, impaling him in the upper right thigh.  The arrow was removed and one of his hunting partners applied a compression bandage.  Sheriff’s Deputies and volunteers from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue at Big Sky responded to the area on the Buck Ridge Trail thirteen miles west of Highway 191 where SAR members located the hunter’s 4×4.  The rescue team found the patient on a steep south facing slope, and used low angle roping techniques, were able to lift the rescue litter with the man back to the trail.  He was transferred to a Life Flight Network medical helicopter, which had landed near the trail.  Life Flight then transported him to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for further medical treatment.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin applauds the individuals in the hunting party for being prepared for this unfortunate situation.  The party had a satellite phone for emergency contact needs and enough medical supplies, and knowledge, to render immediate medical aide.  Being prepared when entering the backcountry is essential, as a normally fun outing can quickly turn 



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September 4, 2018

Helena, Montana - Montana environmentalists and outdoor recreation businesses are looking to hold new hard rock mining companies accountable for the messes they make. 

A measure on this November's ballot, Initiative 186, would require new hard rock mines to have detailed reclamation plans so that perpetual treatment of water pollution isn't necessary after the mine closes. 

Numerous defunct mines in the past have left Montana and taxpayers on the hook for cleanup. 

Montana Trout Unlimited is the primary backer of the coalition YES for Responsible Mining. The environmental group's executive director, David Brooks, says the state can't properly regulate the mines as the law stands now.

"Our Department of Environmental Quality does not have this tool," he points out. "We as a state cannot reject a mine permit simply because it's going to cause permanent water pollution and hence need expensive, long term or permanent water treatment."

Many state legislators have lined up against this measure, saying it will kill one of the state's largest economic drivers. 

The Montana AFLCIO also opposes it, saying it will prevent more mining jobs from being created in the state. 

Hard rock mining is the search for materials such as gold, silver and diamonds.

Brooks says it's important to note that it won't affect current mine operations or their future expansions. He says he understands that mining plays a vital role in the state's economy and that I-186 is not trying to kill the industry.

"This really continues to protect responsible mining in the state, and we all know that our current lifestyles depend on mining," he stresses. "We just think that it needs to be done right and there needs to be the right balance struck between mining and healthy rivers."

I-186 also has gained the support of the outdoor recreation industry, which is now the largest sector of Montana's economy. 

Brooks says the industry is backing this measure because outdoor recreation businesses rely on a clean environment.


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