Fire danger has increased on the Flathead Indian Reservation

RONAN — Officials are increasing the fire danger on the Flathead Indian Reservation due to persistent hot and dry conditions.

Wildfire officials from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Fire Division have rated the fire danger on the Flathead Indian Reservation at “very high.” Very high fire danger means dry grasses and needles ignite easily, fires can spread quickly and can be difficult to control.

The CSKT Fire Division reports that crews responded to unattended campfires, equipment and fireworks last week. Motorists are advised not to drive or park in tall grass while farmers are expected to make hay in the morning or late evening. Also, unattended campfires are prone to escape.

“Always make sure your campfire is on and use established fire rings. Remember to completely drown your campfire with water, stir the coals and embers, then drown again and make sure the campfire is cool to the touch. If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave,” a social media post notes.

Fire managers are urging residents and visitors to exercise caution when recreating outdoors. Fireworks are prohibited on all Tribal, State, and Federal Classified Forest Lands. Outdoor burning by permit is closed on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Nohemi M. Moore