RONAN – Tribal officials are hiking the fire danger on the Flathead Reservation to "moderate."
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Division of Fire is elevating the fire danger effective at 12 p.m. on Tuesday.
The move comes as hot and dry conditions are expected to move into the area by the end of the week with temperatures ranging into the 90’s.
CSKT officials are also asking folks to be extra careful with campfires and fireworks over the 4th of July holiday.
Campfires should be cold to the touch before leaving the area and it should be drowned with water and stirred to expose residual heat.
Anyone using a campfire is also being reminded to have water and hand tools available on-site.
It should be noted that fireworks are prohibited on all state and federal classified forest lands.
The hot weather will cause grasses to dry quickly and increase the potential for starting fires.