Jul 5, 2012 9:10 PM by Shannon Davis
Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department responded to more than 30 firework-related fires recently.
Most of these fires took place after emergency stage one fire restrictions were enacted within the county on the third of July, according to Jeff Miller, director of fire services for Butte-Silver Bow County. These restrictions banned the use and sale of fireworks.
On the Fourth of July, the fire department was operating with a six-man team, and they completed the holiday without any structure fires or injuries.
"We would just ask that people continue to use extra caution when they are using anything that has an ignition source so anything that has a flame or anything that can cause a spark," Miller said.
The largest firework related fire near Butte remains to be the Buxton Fire which the Forest Service estimated to be nearly 60 acres.
Weather forecasts predict very little precipitation. While the fire restrictions are in place the only area where an open flame is permitted is in a camp ground with a metal pit.