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Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Division of Fire officials have determined fire danger within the Flathead Indian Reservation to be Very High.  

Recent days have been extremely hot and dry with little to no moisture, causing vegetation and grasses to cure. This fine, dead fuel is the primary carrier of fire in the wildland, and when fires get established in this fuel type, they rapidly spread out of control. 

Rising temperatures are expected throughout the week, along with windy conditions without moisture.  These conditions will cause fuels to dry out even further. All fuels both live and dead have dried to the point that fires will become very active quickly. 

We can’t afford for anyone to be careless during outdoor activities that have the potential to start a fire, so we urge the public to be extremely cautious with ignition sources. We are also asking the public to be extremely cautious while operating equipment that can cause a wildfire ignition. Make sure your campfire is out and cool to the touch. We are advising travelers to inspect and keep up on trailer maintenance. Keep tow chains from dragging when you’re getting ready to travel to recreational destinations. 

CSKT residents need to know that our wildland firefighters face a long, arduous fire season even without having to respond to human-caused fires. The more careful we are with fire, the less danger our first responders will face. If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice, please contact Division of Fire at 676-2550.

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