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Bison Range’s Red Sleep Drive to close at 1 p.m

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News from CSKT Natural Resources Department

BISON RANGE — With fire season in full force and Stage 2 fire restriction in place, the CSKT Bison Range has decided to take extra precautions due to the extremely dry conditions and will begin closing the two-hour Red Sleep drive at 1 p.m. This precaution began on Friday, Aug. 4, 2023, and will continue until further notice. Buffalo Prairie Drive will continue to be open every day until 8 p.m. unless there are new safety concerns.  

After narrowly escaping the Communication Butte fire last week, the Bison Range was not so lucky this week, when the Ravalli Fire entered the south-east section of the range on Thursday, Aug. 3. This fire was quickly contained thanks to CSKT Fire Control, Mission and Arlee Fire Departments, as well as the local forest helicopter and a single engine aircraft tanker (SEAT). This fire is still under investigation.

All visitors looking to do the full Red Sleep drive must have purchased their pass and be on the road before 1 p.m. For up-to-date information, please visit our CSKT Bison Range Facebook page. You can also call 406-44-2211 or email us at: w

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