Fire danger easing on Flathead Indian Reservation

Posted at 9:25 AM, Aug 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-28 11:25:18-04

RONAN – Tribal officials have announced that fire restrictions will be eased on the Flathead Indian Reservation later this week.

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Division of Fire has announced that beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday they will drop Stage I and Stage II fire restrictions thanks to some recent rainfall.

The fire danger across the Reservation will also be lowered to "High". However, fire officials note that while the fire danger has lessened, fire season in the Northern Rockies is not over.

Once the restrictions are lifted campfires will be allowed and folks will once again be able to run internal combustion engines without restrictions.

As a matter of wildfire prevention, please keep the following in mind:

  • Never leave a fire unattended until it is cold to the touch
  • When debris burning opens, make sure to keep plenty of water and sufficient personnel, tools, and equipment ready in case of unexpected changes in fire behavior
  • Light the fire only when you have an update on safe weather and safe burning conditions. (e.g. winds calm, weather cool)
  • When possible, make plans to re-pile debris as material is consumed. This will allow the fire to burn out as quickly as possible.
  • Stay with your fire. Be prepared to put your fire out if it becomes difficult to manage.

It should be noted that debris burning remains closed until October 1stClick here for the latest information on fire restrictions across Montana.