Fire danger raised to “very high” on Flathead Reservation

Posted at 9:36 AM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 11:38:20-04

RONAN – Tribal officials have hiked the fire danger to “very high” on the Flathead Reservation as our hot and dry weather continues.

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Division of Fire made the decision on Tuesday, adding that there are no fire restrictions in place at this time.

Fire managers note that the recent extremely hot and dry weather has caused vegetation and grasses to cure.

They note that when fires get established in this fuel type they spread out of control rapidly.

A rise in temperatures is expected throughout the week along with windy conditions without moisture.

These conditions will cause fuels to dry out even further. All fuels both live and dead have dried to the point that fires will become very active quickly.

The CSKT Division of Fire is asking the public to be extremely cautious with ignition sources.

The largest wildfire in Western Montana, the Moss Ranch Fire, has burned over 5,000 acres on CSKT land southwest of Ronan.