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Fire prevention and preparedness key to safety during fire season

Prevention and preparedness play an essential role in staying safe during the fire season. Montana Agricultural Safety Program Director Dana Jansen said the first step to fire prevention is awareness of potential sources that could start a blaze.

She urges people to store highly combustible materials appropriately, with hay, straw, and bedding stored away from buildings and if possible, on areas of bare ground.

“Consider multiple hay yard sites to minimize overall risk and impact,” said Jansen. “If you have insured hay, check with your agent distances needed between high stacks.”

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