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FLATHEAD RESERVATION — Fall burning season is finally here. Burning is a great way to clear dead vegetation and clean up. Before lighting piles or grass this fall, people should take the necessary precautions to ensure the burn doesn’t become the next wildfire.  Careless debris burning is a major cause of wildfire on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

It is open burning season until Nov. 30 on the reservation. To burn from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30, people do not need a burn permit.  

It is important to burn early in the day and check weather for afternoon or next day wind conditions, have proper personnel, equipment and water supplies 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, property costs if your fire escapes your control. For questions about debris burning, call the CSKT Division of Fire at 406-676-2550.


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