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Flathead officials issue reminder amidst high fire danger

Posted: 4:12 PM, Aug 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-12 20:53:58-04

KALISPELL — The Snow Creek fire is still burning almost 2,000 acres in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

Despite some rain the Flathead Valley saw over the weekend, officials still say people need to take extra precautions to prevent human started fires.

While the Snow Creek Fire was ignited by lighting on August 2nd, Flathead Valley Fire Manager Lincoln Chute says people need to do all they can do to prevent human caused fire.

Chute told MTN News that human caused fires draws attention away from naturally started fires and can stretch their resources.

“We need to really identify some of the things so we don’t have human cause fires. The chains dragging, bearings, cigarettes, left over campfires. Those are the things we need to limit,” said Chute.

He's also reminding people that fuels are still dry and that burn season is closed. Chute says officials had issues with illegal burn piles over the weekend as people thought the weather made it okay to burn.

Home owners should also still cut down tall grasses and clear property so that if a fire does start, it will prevent fire from spreading and threatening your home.