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News from the CSKT Division of Fire

FLATHEAD INDIAN RESERVATION – The Division of Fire would like to let the public know that open debris burning starts on the Flathead Reservation Oct. 1.  You do not need a burn permit from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30.  The current fire danger on the Flathead Reservation is high and the Division of Fire would like to stress safety when burning.  

Only two types of debris burning are allowed in Montana: Agricultural debris created from farming, ranching, and gardening, and wildland debris created in two ways by natural accumulations of needles, grasses, leaves, shrubs, limbs, and trees and unnatural accumulations of fuel resulting from management activities such as land clearing or timber harvesting. 

If you intend to burn, have in place: a current weather forecast for your local area, a water source (such as a hose, buckets, pond or lake), fire tools or equipment depending on the size of your burn, and enough help to respond in the event that fire behavior increases. 

Caution, do not burn when high or erratic winds are forecasted or dry conditions prevail.  Do not attempt to bury any burning material as fire can and will burn underground, sometimes for several months.

If burn barrels are going to be used, you can only burn agricultural or wildland debris. Burn barrels cannot be used to burn garbage.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice please contact Division of Fire at 406-676-2550 or contact C.T. Camel, prevention specialist, at 406-676-2550 ext. 6407 or by email at  


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