Extreme fire danger in the Flathead

Posted at 3:29 PM, Aug 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-07 17:29:02-04

With above-normal temperatures in the forecast, the fire danger level has been elevated to Extreme in the Flathead Valley.

The Flathead National Forest reports when the fire danger is "extreme", fires of all types start quickly and burn intensely.

All fires are potentially serious and can spread very quickly with intense burning. Small fires become big fires much faster than at the "very high" level. Spot fires are probable, with long-distance spotting likely. These fires are very difficult to fight and may become very dangerous and long-lasting.

The Flathead National Forest reports they haven’t implemented any fire restrictions for the Flathead National Forest yet. But even without restrictions, fire managers encourage the public to practice responsible fire use including always carrying a shovel and bucket, having fire extinguishers in vehicles, considering using camp stoves instead of campfires, being extra-vigilant when using chainsaws and other equipment and going the extra mile to prevent human-ignited wildfires.