Open burning comes to a close in Northwest Montana

Posted at 8:31 AM, Jul 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-02 10:31:59-04

KALISPELL – Open spring burning season is over to the risk of wildfires and debris burning is now off limits in Flathead and northern Lake counties. 

Statistics show that more than 70% of wildfires in the Flathead are caused by human activity each summer, with top causes being escaped and illegal debris burns.

Debris burning is not allowed in July, August, and September due to the increased fire danger during Montana’s fire season.

“The big sticks the slash piles, you can have a campfire, that needs to be small, it needs to be maintained, put some rocks around it, and put it out. That’s putting a buck of water in it and stirring it around," said Lincoln Chute with the Flathead County Office of Emergency Management.

Recreational campfires are allowed during prohibited months unless further fire restrictions are issued by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation or your local fire district. 

Open burning will begin again Oct. 1st as conditions allow.