The Northwest is heating up and drying out rapidly, creating a higher risk for fire starts in our area. Fire danger has moved to “HIGH” in NW Montana which means, all fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from most causes. Unattended brush and camp fires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly and short-distance spotting is common. Fires may become serious, and their control difficult unless they are suppressed successfully while small.
“Hot dry weather is forecasted for the foreseeable future, area wildland firefighters have responded to 15 fire starts since June 28th in the Flathead area; of these starts, 11 were human caused and 4 were holdover fires from lightening. Timely initial attack by firefighters kept these starts at less than an acre in size,” said Flathead National Forest Spokeswoman, Janette Turk.
“Although the fire danger rating is transitioning to high, there are still no fire restrictions in place. Forest visitors should be very aware of the conditions while visiting and recreating in NW Montana. We can’t stop the hot weather and lightning storms, but we can do our part to be “Firewise” when we are camping, traveling, and at home in the wildlands. Take the time to find out the weather conditions and fire danger where you live. Get the information you need about the current wildland fire danger by calling your local fire protection agency.”