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Outdoor permit burning is CLOSED

Fire danger is EXTREME on the west side of the Flathead Reservation and Very High on the east side
From CSKT Division of Fire

RONAN -— Recent weeks have seen record-setting high temperatures and grasses continuing to cure.  This fine, dead fuel is the primary carrier of fire in the wildland, and when fires get established in this fuel type they spread out of control rapidly.  Multiple grass fires, caused by human behavior (cigarette butts thrown into dry grass, unattended campfires, fireworks, debris burning, and vehicle fires) have initial attack forces busy within the last week across the Northern Rockies, some transitioning into the forest with rapid rates of spread. 

After a wet spring, dead fuels have dried to the point that fires will quickly spread out of the control of initial attack resources.  Lightning and extreme fire danger is in the immediate forecast, and firefighters are busy with recent starts.

Outdoor debris burning by permit has been closed in on the reservation since June 30.

Residents need to know that our wildland firefighters face a long, arduous fire season even without having to respond to human-caused fires. Everyone needs to take special care when engaged in activities that could ignite a wildfire. Remember: one less spark, one less wildfire.

Even though wildfire agencies have not implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions at this time, everyone is encouraged to bookmark for the most up-to-date information regarding restrictions and burn bans.  For more information you can also like the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Division of Fire on Facebook, and get information on our webpage:

If you have any questions contact C.T. Camel or Devlin Lafrombois at the Division of Fire (406) 676-2550.
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