Legal requirements for the petitioning and creation of Rural Fire District can be found in MCA Title 7, Chapter 33, Part 21 and is summarized as follows:The creation of a Rural Fire Districts is begun by a petition from (a) landowner(s). After confirmation from the plat room that the petition contains signatures of 50% or more of the area of the privately owned lands included in the proposed district, the petition is submitted to the commissioners for approval. Resolutions granting the petitions can be found in the Commissioner's Journals, and are sent to the GIS department by the Clerk to the Board. The GIS department digitizes legal descriptions provided in the resolution and adjusts them to the Parcel Polygon data.Annexations to fire districts follow the same procedures as the creation of a fire district. The GIS Fire District boundaries will be updated as fire district annexations occur or new districts are created. Also, when incorporated city limit annexations occur, these areas will be removed from the rural fire district boundaries.One feature included in this data although it did not follow aforementioned legal proceedings is the "WHITEFISH RURAL CONTRACT" feature. This feature was included in a "1984 Billing List for Rural Fire Contracts" prior to the creation of the Whitefish Rural Fire District, but it was not included in the creation of the district nor in subsequent annexations. This feature has been included at Necille Lorang's request on behalf of the city of Whitefish.