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News from CSKT Division of Fire

FLATHEAD RESERVATION — Hot, dry conditions and lack of precipitation forecasted prompted wildland fire officials with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Division of Fire to raise the fire danger within the Flathead Indian Reservation to extreme.  Extreme fire danger means that dry grasses and needles ignite easily, fires can spread rapidly and may be difficult to control. 

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions have also been implemented on the Flathead Indian Reservation as of Aug. 1. The following acts are prohibited on all Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe (CS&KT) lands within the Flathead Indian Reservation until further notice:

Building, maintaining, attending, or using a campfire.

Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

–The following acts are prohibited from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.:

a. Operating any internal combustion engine.

b. Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with an open flame.

c. Using an explosive.

A patrol is required for two hours following the cessation of all work as described 


Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails.

Stage 2 Exemptions:

Persons with a written permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act.

Persons using a fire fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the device.

Persons conducting activities in designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.

Any Federal, State, or local officer, member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

Other exemptions unique to each agency/tribe, such as cultural fires, tanning, sweats, etc.

All areas within city boundaries are exempted.

It is important to note that an exemption does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by exempted activity.

Use caution when outdoors to prevent human-caused sparks. Do not drive or park in tall grass.  Farmers should hay in the mornings. 

Those with questions or concerns regarding this notice, should may call the Division of Fire at 676-2550 or contact C.T. Camel, Prevention Specialist, at 406-676-2550 ext. 6407 or email:  


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