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News from the CKST Division of Fire

RONAN — The Division of Fire officials want to update the public on the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes fire danger.  The Flathead Indian Reservations fire danger is at Extreme. Fuel moistures are low due to high temperatures and low relative humidity for the last month.   

CS&KT is in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. The Division of Fire would like to stress to the public the importance of fire safety while out working and recreating in the outdoors.

Nighttime and early morning patrols at area campgrounds and popular recreation sites have revealed that the vast majority of campers have been following fire safe practices with campfires or charcoal fires. Firefighters in the area want to extend thanks to those who have paid attention to fire safety.  

Please do your part to ensure there is One Less Spark as a result of your outdoor activities in the heat of the afternoon.  

1.  Mowing/Haying where the blade can strike a rock should be done in the early hours of        the day. Have a water source on site with you and move it accordingly. 

2.  Safety chains sparking on the road while towing a trailer

3.  Failure to have a spark arrester in your equipment’s exhaust system in grassy areas

If a small fire becomes a full-blown forest fire, it could lead to arson charges, fines and even the bill for all fire-caused costs. 

Tremendous effort goes into preventive programs and information campaigns. Division of Fire officials want to stop human caused fires during this fire season.

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

For any questions, call the Division of Fire at 406-676-2550.

As of 9 a.m. Monday morning, the Elmo Fire is at 21,349 acres and is 75% contained. 

The Redhorn Fire is 511 acres and is 0% contained. 

Seven small fires were caused by lightning over the weekend. No structures are threatened and no evacuations have been ordered at this time. 

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