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News from CSKT Division of Fire 

FLATHEAD INDIAN RESERVATION – Spring burning season is finally here. Burning is a great way to clear dead vegetation and clean up. Before you light your piles or grass this spring, take the necessary precautions to ensure your burn does not become the next wildfire. Careless debris burning is the number one cause of wildfire on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

It is open burning season until May 1 on the reservation. To burn from May 1 to June 30, you will need a burn permit. You can apply for one at the CSKT Division of Fire website at   

Burn early in the day and check weather for afternoon or next day wind conditions. Have proper personnel, equipment and a water supply with you, and always make sure the area is cold to the touch before leaving. Checking the following day is also important as stumps or roots may be holding heat that could re-ignite.

If a fire does get out of control call 911 immediately. Remember you are responsible for any and all suppression costs if your fire escapes your control. If you have any questions about debris burning, call the Division of Fire at 406-676-2550 and follow us on Facebook.  


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