Gianforte conducts briefing on wildfire preparedness in Hamilton

HAMILTON – It’s not often that Ravalli County has the attention of the U.S. House of Representatives, but on Tuesday Hamilton played host to Congressman Greg Gianforte and his field briefing on wildfire management.

Gianforte was joined by three officials who all stressed the importance of good wildfire practices, especially with Montana’s heightened wildfire danger.

“Right now we are at our highest preparedness level we can have. We are at preparedness level 5,” said Shawna Legarza, director of Fire and Aviation Management for the U.S. Forest Service. “Preparedness levels go to five is high and Montana is right on that cusp now of starting to see more of that activity because you are in the dry part of your season.”