Reservation fire danger ‘Very High’
RONAN — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Division of Fire wildland fire officials have moved the Flathead Indian Reservations fire danger to “Very High.”
After a wet spring, fuels have dried to the point that fires will spread quickly. Last week, unattended campfires, illegal debris burning, operating internal combustion engines around cured grasses, and tow-chains dragging on highway surfaces have ignited wildfires.
Here is how we can all prevent the most common human-caused fires:
— Keep campfires small, and never leave them unattended. Drown, mix, and stir in water until the campfire is cold to the touch before leaving your campsite.
— Outdoor debris burning by permit has been closed for the season.
— Running internal combustion engines in areas of tall, cured grass could start a wildfire. Be vigilant during these operations, and avoid doing such things on windy days or in the heat of the day. Have a water supply or fire extinguisher, leather gloves, and a hand tool at the ready.
— Make sure trailers are well maintained and that you are not dragging the safety chains.
Residents need to know that our wildland firefighters face a long, arduous fire season even without having to respond to human-caused fires. Everyone needs to take special care when engaged in activities that could spark a wildfire. Remember: one less spark, one less wildfire.
Even though wildfire agencies have not implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions at this time, everyone is encouraged to bookmark: www.firerestrictions.us, for the most up-to-date information regarding restrictions and burn bans.
You can like the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Division of Fire on Facebook for more information this fire season.