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Fire crews make plans ahead of Aber Day Festival traffic

Traffic congestion can be expected in the Polson area tonight because organizers say they are expecting thousands of people at the first?Aber?Day Festival.

POLSON, Mont. - Traffic congestion can be expected in the Polson area tonight because organizers say they are expecting thousands of people at the first Aber Day Festival.

With a single lane road through town, some officials are worried about traffic jams. Local fire crews say they are making plans to avoid the traffic in case they need to respond to one of the area fires and have just one request.

"Please give us room to move when we have to go on a call, especially coming across that bridge is just a real troublesome thing for us," said Paul Laisy, Polson Rural Fire Chief. "If people would just be aware of that and be aware that this is the fire station here, please let us get going if we have a call!"

Fire engines and crews will be staged on the south side of the Polson bridge and just north of the rodeo grounds.

With Stage Two Fire Restrictions and a Red Flag Warning in effect for Northwest Montana, officials say to always be careful when parking in the grass.

"If you're parking off the highway into a ditch area then be aware that the grasses will ignite very easily - maybe only 300 or 400 degrees temperatures. Your exhaust system and catalytic converter systems are probably at 1,000 degrees," said Laisy. "They can start a fire very easily just by driving off the road."

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