BIA stresses fire safety for Crow Fair festivities
Thu, 08/13/2015 - 11:11am admin
Fireworks, open campfires banned
Hot and dry temperatures are predicted for the upcoming week, and firefighters are asking for the public’s help to prevent human-caused wildfires, especially during Crow Fair from Aug. 12-17.
“We are asking the public to be extremely vigilant when out celebrating Crow Fair and to take all fire safety precautions,” said Dominique Woodham, fire prevention and mitigation specialist, for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Crow Agency.
Due to the current High Fire Danger rating, fireworks and open campfires will be banned during Crow Fair. The effects from a wildfire can last for many years, and violators who start wildfires (even accidentally) can also be liable for the costs of damage and suppression.
When visitors to Crow Fair are seeking camp sites and parking, avoid parking in tall dry grass. The exterior of vehicle exhaust systems can reach temperatures up to 2,800 degrees Fahrenheit. With the right fuel and weather conditions, all forms of motorized vehicles including cars, pickups, motorcycles, and all- terrain vehicles (ATVs) can be fire starters.
To help keep Crow Fair a safe and family friendly event, report all fires immediately. Keep a cell phone, water, a shovel and a fire extinguisher handy in the event a fire starts.
For more information, call Crow Fire and Aviation at (406) 638-2247.