Officials warn Montanans to prepare for fire season


KALISPELL, Mont. - Montana had above-average rain and snow levels this year, but fire officials say that does not mean we are in the clear for fire season.

Northwest Montana is green and lush, but fire officials say it only takes a couple weeks of hot weather to turn green grass into a fire hazard.

That's why fire officials say it is good to be prepared.

"Now is really the time to check -- are you ready? Is your house ready? Are your gutters cleaned out and that kind of stuff? And we'll just really have to keep a close eye on it," said Flathead County Fire Service area manager Lincoln Chute.

Chute advised people to prepare by trimming grass and trees and clearing brush that could fuel a fire.