(GREAT FALLS) Montana is in the highest level of fire preparedness and Cascade County firefighters are ready for whatever might happen.
Although preparedness level five does not change the current fire status, it helps heighten the state of readiness.
Vaughn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Safety Officer Michelle Payne said people need to put a little fire out as fast as possible even though dry weather complicates matters.
Residents can prevent fires by following the stage one restrictions, mitigating around homes, watering yards, and checking vehicles.
"Make sure that you guys do the right thing," Payne said. "Think about it before you engage in any types of activities."
Payne said Vaughn Volunteer Fire is ready and watching the area in case a call comes.
Governor Steve Bullock on Friday issued a new Executive Order declaring a fire emergency to exist in the state of Montana.
“We will continue to do everything we can to make sure folks on the ground have the resources they need to protect Montanans and their property until every single fire is put out,” said Governor Bullock. “Firefighters, emergency personnel, and volunteers are working hard every day, and on behalf of all Montanans, we thank them for their efforts.”
The declaration allows Governor Bullock to continue to mobilize additional state resources and the Montana National Guard to combat the fires, and to expend funds to meet the contingencies and needs that may arise from them.
Governor Bullock has participated in daily briefings with the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and Disaster and Emergency Services at the Department of Military Affairs. He has also visited Incident Command teams at the Lodgepole Complex, Rice Ridge, and Sunrise wildfires.
Vaughn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Safety Officer Michelle Payne