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Death of Ronan woman under investigation

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate a death that occurred on Sunday, Aug. 20, at about 5:45 p.m. on East Post Creek Road.

Jessie Qualtier, 36, of Ronan, died due to injuries sustained after exiting a vehicle, which was travelling eastbound on East Post Creek. Roland James Brown, 39, from Ronan has been charged with two counts of criminal endangerment and is currently in the Lake County Jail with a $50,000 bond.

Montana Highway Patrol and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Police assisted in the investigation. 


Fire danger remains extreme on reservation

RONAN – The Division of Fire officials want to update the public on why the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes Stage II fire restrictions remain necessary. Fuel moistures remain historically low, and it will take sustained precipitation to bring fire danger levels to moderate conditions. The near-term forecast calls for a return to high temperatures, low relative humidity and southwest winds.

In areas where Stage II restrictions are in force, neither campfires nor charcoal fires are allowed. Patrols at campgrounds and recreation sites say most people are following the restrictions and firefighters want to thank them. 

The Flathead Indian Reservation is currently in extreme fire danger. Please do your part. Internal combustion engines are not allowed between 1 p.m.-1 a.m. A 1-hour patrol following cessation of work is required. Remember:

—  Avoid mowing tall grass where the blade can strike a rock

—  Safety chains can spark on the road when towing a trailer

—   You must have a spark arrester in your equipment’s exhaust system in grassy areas

What is allowed during Stage I and Stage II fire restrictions?

LPG stoves or other types of stoves that can be turned on and off are allowed but only used in areas cleared of flammable material a minimum of three feet from the stove.

Keep up to date on restrictions and find restrictions maps at:    

If you witness any suspicious acts or abandoned campfires, call local police, or  1-800-47-ARSON or go to: It’s an anonymous call and your identity will remain confidential. Rewards go up to $10,000. Let’s work together to keep our wild land areas safe and protected.


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