Aug 18, 2011 8:28 AM by Katy Harris (KAJ News)

Crews battle series of Flathead grass fires

KALISPELL- Firefighters were busy battling six small grass and brush fires that erupted in the Bad Rock and Creston areas on Wednesday.

The blazes were sparked along Montana Highway 206 and fire officials believe they were ignited by a vehicle that must have been dragging a chain.

Crews from Bad Rock, Creston, Columbia Falls, Hungry Horse and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation all responded to the fires.

While firefighters were busy putting a grass fire out, a driver passing by threw a cigarette out their vehicle, and that started another fire.

"We need to remember all those little things. It's been a few years since we've had a bad fire season. We're just beginning now, I don't know how bad it will be but we need to start taking extra precautions and start having some extra vigilance of being careful with it," Flathead County Office of Emergency Services Fire Warden Lincoln Chute advised.

He added that this is not the time of year to be throwing cigarette butts out the window and that folks also shouldn't park in tall grass. Chute also pointed out that conditions are now drier than expected.

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